Sunday, December 16, 2012

Facing the now, moving forward

The following quote spoke to me about how sometimes we need to face the now ourselves, and push on through, and not hope or pray for some magical relief.

"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,
but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved.
  but hope for the patience to win my freedom."


Dr. Tagore, a Bodhisatta. p598 The Buddha and His Teachings. 1998



In fact I wonder if the belief in the efficaciousness of prayer is actually detrimental, in that it may breed inaction and complacency rather than doing something?

There is a strange familiarity, yet slight difference, with Jesus praying prior to his pending crucifixion "take this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done"

Friday, December 14, 2012

Inhibitions, the self imposed restrictions to fullness of life

"An inhibition is a self-imposed restriction on one's behaviour ..."
(Paul Eggen & Don Kauchak - Educational Psychology 2010)


Isn't that interesting, the words "self imposed" really jumped out at me when I read this the other day and again today. If it's me who is imposing the restriction, then it's also me who can remove it.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A twig in hand


Up the creek with a twig in hand - not the most useless or hopeless predicament, perhaps just a long hard slog ahead.


Just a little something that crossed my mind today.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Power of Perspective

A very cool photo – of so much depth; for there can be joy, freedom and sense of utter amazement when we realise and embrace what is - what truly is.



 
I'm not sure where this photo originated from. I found it on facebook from a share by Bishop John Shelby Spong but you can also find it on google images. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Do you use positively orientated language? Light seems to have a way of making itself present.



Light is everywhere and always and eventually. 
Even in the dark places, light seems to have a way of making itself present; through the cracks, by a candle, by the gentle breeze that moves the shade of the tree.

Great sustainer, we thank you for the light that appears to us daily, for the warmth of the sunshine that awakens us from our slumber and brightens our day. For the moonlight and stars that bring restful reflection and anticipation of the coming dawn.

So it is, I let it be. Amen and Amen

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I wrote the above prayer as an articulation of my hearts response to a recent line of a prayer that a friend made reference to. What struck me so poignantly, was although the "heart" of the prayer was trying to bring about the positive, it was actually inherently negative.

The following ramble is one of those tangential thoughts I sometimes have, where one word or phrase takes me elsewhere. I don’t fully understand the context of where my friend’s prayer was but this is where my mind went.

Over the recent years my eyes have slowly been opened to how much Christian prayer language seems to start with the negative. In this case it was giving thanks for the “cracks in life because by them light can come in” and also for human brokenness that "helps us depend on God" or you could perhaps say “something good ‘always’ comes from bad situations”. Although I agree with the basic sentiment in part, I think the language is unhelpful and dangerous, or at the very least it has a very limited time and place usage. I suspect such “negatively orientated” language is perhaps a product of “one” type of Christianity that has historically consciously or unconsciously had to make people feel so bad about life and themselves, so that they can be given a positive message and experience to make them feel \ be better. As opposed to celebrating all of that which is good and helping people experience that same goodness in better and more meaningful ways, even amongst those parts of life that are perhaps not always quite what they could or should be.

When we talk or pray or think, how do we word or phrase things? Are we being creators of the positive and blessing or something less? Is the cup half full or is it half empty?

I do acknowledge there are times and places for “negatively orientated” language. Sometimes you need to express grief, anger, hopelessness and loss in both private and communal settings. I did just that in the opening prayer for a worship liturgy I created back in 2006 which was inspired from a “Faith and doubt after disaster service” I’d attended the previous year at Greenbelt in England. I wrote this in a dark and confusing time of my life. 

My opening prayer to that sacred gathering went like this:

Call: We claim this time and space
and welcome God and each other, in the
name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Response: We stop and are silent for
we are overwhelmed.

Call: The Lord is Good for his Love and compassion
lasts forever, let us praise the Lord!

Response: I feel so disappointed, disillusioned
and let down, I’m not sure I
know this God anymore?.

  
Yes - indeed, sometimes life "is shit". Sometimes perhaps "darkness" is all that is being experienced, but is that where it always ends forever? I choose and intend to phrase my thinking and speaking most of the time in a language of the positive persuasion. It's perhaps only a small reordering of words but over a lifetime I suspect it will in fact shape my whole life, relationships and experiences. I want to be an attractor of the positive in my life and the facilitator of the positive in others.


May peace and light always be with you.
Namaste.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Viability of the Necropolis for Joyous Nuptials

I had to laugh when I read in a paper about the local council turning a historic cemetery next to the Cathedral into a wedding venue.


"... although some councilors cast doubts on the attraction and viability of the necropolis for joyous nuptials ... that said, there may be an attraction for the city's 'Goths' if they were planning to stage a wedding among the tombstones ... "

From Newcastle "The Post" Paper. 18th April, 2012. P.2

Monday, April 16, 2012

Easter Funny

A friend sent this to me on Facebook. It's f awesome! Oh how I love a progressive church. Something tells me though they might not be thinking along my train of thought LMAO .... Gold!



Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Thinking

I opened my eyes this morning and thought. Arr its Easter Sunday, old time words of comfort came to mind; "Christ is risen Alleluia. He's risen indeed Alleluia". But what does it mean? Good question I say to myself, forever grateful for my Easter waterskiing and camping tradition surrounded by family, friends and stunning views, breathing in life, life in all its fullness. Lindt Chocolate it's simply amazing. Amazing indeed Alleluia!

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Prayer of Daily Affirmation and Centering

Its morning, yes! the night has past and the day is at hand.
(Its evening, yes! the day has past and the night is at hand).

I breathe in … out …. (Joy).
I breathe in … out …. (Peace).
I breathe in … out …. (Love).
For I am grateful,
grateful for (….. Joy, Friends, Health, etc, etc, etc).

Fun, Love, Joy,
Peace, Patience, Kindness,
Health, Wealth and Generosity.
Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness,
Self-control, Humility, Compassion,
Justice, Mercy and Positivity!

These are the things I am; I am becoming and am surrounded by.
These are the things of God, who is in all and is all.
From everlasting ages past and into everlasting eternity ahead.

Be with all those known and unknown to me this day (night).
I commend myself and those I know and love into your loving care and protection oh Lord my God; Mother and Father of all creation.

So it is, I let it be. Amen.

  
Note: the breathing in \ out part can be used one or more times. You could either focus primarily on your breathing or a focus word of your choice (joy, peace, etc). Both in and out could be completely about positive energy that you are receiving and also giving to \ from the universe or the in could be the positive and the out could be the letting go, the “ordering out” of that which is negative \ unhelpful.

Jason’s Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Buttons


Ingredients
125g Dairy Free Margarine (E.g. Nuttelex)
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
1 Egg
1 Cup of Self Raising Gluten Free Flour
3/4 - 1 Cup of Cocoa
½ - 1 Cup of Shaved Coconut (1/2 cup if used desiccated)
Optional:
Note: Use a maximum of 1 cup of all optional ingredients combined.
½ - 1 Cup of chocolate Chips
½ - 1 Cup of shaved almonds or walnuts
½ Cup of Glace Cherries

Method

1. Preheat Oven 180c
2. Place over proof paper or grease flat biscuit baking tray
3. Mix Margarine and Brown sugar and then Egg.
4. Combine Flour, Cocoa, Coconut and remaining optional ingredients.
5. Form small balls (like rum or small meat ball) and place onto baking tray.
6. Use fork to press down slightly each ball.
7. Bake for approximately 12mins.
8. Allow to cool.
9. Enjoy!


Note: If you require 100% Gluten free, you should check all the individual ingredients or ensure they are Gluten free.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Christ and Nature

Thinking about God being in all things and all things being in God and significance of Christ for not just Humans but all of creation.

'... All creatures of God's creation that can suffer pain suffered with him.
The sky and the earth failed at the time of Christ's dying because he too was part of nature'


Julian of Norwich (JN, 44). as quoted by Matthew Fox in "The coming of the cosmic Christ" P. 124

Monday, January 9, 2012

Should he be deified or committed

"I wasn't sure whether she should be deified or committed"




From Book "Unholy Pilgrims" p. 175 by "Tom Trumble"