Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Walking Each Other Home

 

From Form to Substance

I see Forms all around me…Forms of the Benedictines and the Baptists, the Charismatics and the Catholics, the Theatre and Mega Churches, and my beloved Anglican and Methodists. The forms seemingly endless, all calling us to substance, to wholeness, and Shalom. All calling us together and calling us to God. Our forms are like old friends, slowly walking each other home.

I love meditation and just soaking in the presence of God. I love the sense of belonging that forms give us, gathering us together and bringing us to the place of Remembrance.

But more, I love crossing the threshold and entering into belonging, acceptance, and home. I love the stillness that expands us and connects us to the timeless eternal whole, the substance behind all form

Love, light, and life are the energy that binds us, and joy is the spark of life that ignites us in a blaze of glory. There is no one like our God who infuses us with the light and life of glory, that manifests wholeness in our lives…A whole-hearted love, peace, and joy that exudes, sparks, and dances with delight in shalom.

This is surely the Kingdom of Heaven we bring into the world. Not our forms, but our substance, as one candle lights another, we bear Christ, spirit to spirit, heart to heart, touching hand in hand. Yes, we are the forms of love, slowly walking each other home.

 

 

 

Photo: Steve McCurry ~ National Geographic

Kudos to Ram Das for the image of walking each other home.


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The Genius of Spiritual Practice

The genius of spiritual practice is that transformation begins right where you are.

Spiritual practice is not about doing anything, it’s about unlocking what already is. Tweet Me 

Spiritual practice is about entering the flow of the creative life of God.

God has already done the impossible heavy lifting. “It is finished.”

Spiritual practice is about entering in.

Designed to Help Us Wake-Up

Spiritual practices are designed to help us to wake-up, to bring us into the here and now…into this present moment.

Like a still point that breaks open into the living present, alive and bursting with that living connective energy, called flow.

Spiritual practice is, in essence, practicing our spirit, and our spirit dwells in the eternal present. Tweet It

Here’s the Hurdle

Our rational mind recoils and revolts at what it can’t get a controlling handle on. So we must set it aside, to wake-up in flow.

Or better yet, tuck our mind into the folds of our heart and practice our spirit, awakening into the eternal living presence of God, sweeping us up into the flow of abundant life.

This is how we seek God through Jesus Christ in a nutshell.

Accessing Radical Grace

The way we awaken is like a billion pixels of still points all around us and they are, every single one of them, the mercy and the grace of God to us through Jesus Christ.

And so we awaken to become…from the very core of our being, the light and the life of God that flows in love, grace, and mercy through us, transforming us from the inside out.

This is how eternal life works in us. This is the incarnational life of Christ in us.

It’s like God creating the universe through us, everything connecting in wholeness, and all we’ve done is to enter the dance.

Contemplation:

As Jesus told Martha, I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying, and anyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this?

This is why we practice…to wake-up and to remember.

 

 

Photo: Picabay

 


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Tale of Two Times

We have the ability to live two entirely separate lives by how we relate to time.

I was listening to a podcast Time Is A Bully with Steve Wiens, and it clarified a mystery for me I believe can really help you to live a more abundantly rich life. Simply stated it’s this: There are two Greek words for time: Chronos, clock time, and Kairos, meaning the right, critical or opportune moment.

Into the World of Chronos

Let me expand this a bit. Chronos, clock time is our default. Created out of the sun’s rising and setting, it is a matrix we live by. We’ve created a whole separate world we teach our children to live in and by and it has become our default setting.

Living in the Eternal Present

Expanding and tweaking Kairos a bit, it is like a child lost in play, timeless, fully alive in the present moment. Kairos as I define it is deep time, living in the present moment, fully awake and fully aware.

To get things done, we don’t need better time management tools and strategies. We need a new state of awareness.

In every creative effort, we step outside of time. Eternity is the birthplace of creation, and we are created in the image and likeness of God. It’s in our God-given nature to yearn to live in the choreography of God, to create with our Creator, to walk in the Spirit of creation.

Living Time

Children at play have stepped outside of time and so do we. Play is the beauty of writing a poem, a song, painting a painting, playing in a band, singing in a choir. Everything we do can become creative. We just need to switch time zones.

In every creative effort, we step outside of Chronos time into Kairos, living time.

Life is lived in Kairos time, yet Kairos time is intentional. We choose it. This is why meditation has gone mainstream.

When we choose to awaken into the living present, our clock time falls into place.

Time reflects our inner state of awareness.

When we become still and seek God we enter Kairos.

It is not only possible to be in the living present and to get everything done, it’s the only way to live.

And it all starts in the morning.

I hope this has been helpful. Has this sparked anything within you? Are there some changes that need to happen?


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Advent: Come, Lord Jesus

 

The Genius of Liturgy

Liturgy has an ebb and flow throughout the year that helps us to be awake to God, to each other, and to the world around us.  Advent begins in mystery, the divine mystery of the birth of Jesus, God as a little baby. It defies reason and logic. So is the foolishness of God greater than all the wisdom of all people and all time.

The Church Year

The Church year begins on the first Sunday of Advent.  Happy New Year!

It’s time to dive into the mystery of Christ. This is a season of hushed and holy silence, of waiting in stillness, and of the awakening presence within.

Jesus came not as a king to rule us, but as a child, and a servant to win our hearts, change, and to transform us. To welcome us as sisters and brothers, children of God. To enter into the mystery of the second incarnation, Christ in us. So are we sent with this Good News to serve, and win hearts of others, to change and transform our Father’s world as heaven on earth.

Advent Awakening

Come join me as we enter into the mystery, the hushed and holy rest of Advent together.

First: I would love to recommend (Five Stars) the best little Advent book I’ve found: Preparing For Christmas ~ Daily Meditations For Advent by Richard Rohr.

If you’re new to this type of spiritual discipline, you’re in for a treat!  We learn as we go. The point is to move from the spiritual practice into the experience of God’s deep work in our lives, day by day, letting it unfold as it will.

There is no right or wrong way to practice. In fact, we generally learn more from our mistakes than our successes.

Welcome to the journey of Advent!

Secondly: I’ve also opened up a Facebook Group: Advent Awakening if you’re ready for some encouraging interaction. P.S. It is a Safe Place, so trolls will be banned.

Thirdly: We also have a Facebook community: Contemplative Monk

 

Photo: Robert Holmes Photography

 

 


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A Blue Ridge Mountain Vision

 

I’m not sure who took this picture but this place is in my dreams. This place is holy. I’ve camped here. These are some of the oldest mountains on earth. My ancestors come from the valleys below. I cannot tell you what it means for me to walk across the rocks and boulders of these mountain peaks. I can feel a thousand years deep as my roots sink through the millenniums. Then rising up from the depths within me time falls softly away as I gaze across the timeless rolling mountains, cascading away under the vast bluebird sky. The winds kiss my face and sing to my heart to come fly with the eagles.  Wholeness is what I feel.  Wholeness, belonging and I am home.

This is transcendence. This is what the prophets, sages, and seers of old felt and saw. Maybe you’ve felt it too. I hope so.

Time dissolves into wholeness before the presence of the Eternal One from whom we come, and will return. I am humbled and weep in gratitude for a grace so deep that it reaches even me.

Blessed are the eyes that see. Blessed are the ears that hear. And Blessed is the heart that understands what your Spirit is whispering and wooing our hearts to hear. “Come away, Beloved. Come away with me.”

 


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