Monday, July 27, 2015

On Spiritual Capital

Much food for thought here!

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On Spiritual Capital

In a recent op-ed, David Brooks highlights the work of Lisa Miller, a professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University concerning our innate spiritual capacities and the importance of cultivating our spirituality
Miller’s core argument is that spiritual awareness is innate and that it is an important component in human development. An implication of her work is that if you care about social mobility, graduation rates, resilience, achievement and family formation, you can’t ignore the spiritual resources of the people you are trying to help.
Miller defines spirituality as “an inner sense of relationship to a higher power that is loving and guiding.” Different people can conceive of this higher power as God, nature, spirit, the universe or just a general oneness of being. She distinguishes spirituality, which has a provable genetic component, from religious affiliation, which is entirely influenced by environment.
Miller’s work finds a link between depression and spirituality, that is especially prevalent in adolescents
Spiritual awareness, she continues, surges in adolescence, at about the same time as depression and other threats to well-being. Some level of teenage depression, she says, should be seen as a normal part of the growth process, as young people ask fundamental questions of themselves. The spiritual surge in adolescence is nature’s way of responding to this normal crisis.
“Taken together,” Miller writes, “research supports the idea of a common physiology underlying depression and spirituality.” In other words, teenagers commonly suffer a loss of meaning, confidence and identity. Some of them try to fill the void with drugs, alcohol, gang activity and even pregnancy. But others are surrounded by people who have cultivated their spiritual instincts.
If Millers hypothesis is correct, it suggests that an important effort needs to be made by the church to reach out to young people and their care-givers if we are to nurture spiritual health.  Does it also suggest that the laissez-faire attitude that many parents have to the church participation of their teen children might need to be re-thought?

On Spiritual Capital - posted at Episcopal Cafe

Much food for thought here!

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On Spiritual Capital

In a recent op-ed, David Brooks highlights the work of Lisa Miller, a professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University concerning our innate spiritual capacities and the importance of cultivating our spirituality
Miller’s core argument is that spiritual awareness is innate and that it is an important component in human development. An implication of her work is that if you care about social mobility, graduation rates, resilience, achievement and family formation, you can’t ignore the spiritual resources of the people you are trying to help.
Miller defines spirituality as “an inner sense of relationship to a higher power that is loving and guiding.” Different people can conceive of this higher power as God, nature, spirit, the universe or just a general oneness of being. She distinguishes spirituality, which has a provable genetic component, from religious affiliation, which is entirely influenced by environment.
Miller’s work finds a link between depression and spirituality, that is especially prevalent in adolescents
Spiritual awareness, she continues, surges in adolescence, at about the same time as depression and other threats to well-being. Some level of teenage depression, she says, should be seen as a normal part of the growth process, as young people ask fundamental questions of themselves. The spiritual surge in adolescence is nature’s way of responding to this normal crisis.
“Taken together,” Miller writes, “research supports the idea of a common physiology underlying depression and spirituality.” In other words, teenagers commonly suffer a loss of meaning, confidence and identity. Some of them try to fill the void with drugs, alcohol, gang activity and even pregnancy. But others are surrounded by people who have cultivated their spiritual instincts.
If Millers hypothesis is correct, it suggests that an important effort needs to be made by the church to reach out to young people and their care-givers if we are to nurture spiritual health.  Does it also suggest that the laissez-faire attitude that many parents have to the church participation of their teen children might need to be re-thought?

Great CBLacrosse Camp in CVille Last Week!



















Sunday, July 26, 2015

Our real journey in life is interior



Our real journey in life is interior;
it is a matter of growth, deepening,
and of an ever greater surrender to
the creative action of love and
grace in our hearts.
~Thomas Merton

Our real journey in life is interior



Our real journey in life is interior;
it is a matter of growth, deepening,
and of an ever greater surrender to
the creative action of love and
grace in our hearts.
~Thomas Merton

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

We are already dignified!




"Perhaps we just need little reminders from time to time that we are already dignified, deserving, worthy." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

We are already dignified ... !




"Perhaps we just need little reminders from time to time that we are already dignified, deserving, worthy." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Monday, July 20, 2015

One small step for *a* man...





From "Purple Clover"


It was the day the Earth stood still, all eyes on the moon. On July 20, 1969—exactly 46 years ago today—a half billion people around the globe watched on television as astronaut Neil Armstrong slowly descended a short ladder from the Eagle lunar module and planted the first human footstep on the natural satellite orbiting our planet.
"That was one small step for a man," said Armstrong, though "a" somehow got lost in transmission, "one giant leap for mankind."
If anything, those famous first words were an understatement. Armstrong's moonwalk was the stunning culmination of a challenge issued just eight years earlier by a young president who dared Americans to dream big, come together and ask what they could do to make their country and the world a better place.

Suite Judy Blue Eyes





"This does not mean I don't love you; I do, and that's forever!"

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Psalm 22




Psalm 122

I rejoiced when I heard them announce,
“The time of warfare is past.
No more will brother hate brother
or violence have its way.
No more will they drown out God’s silence
and shut their hearts to his song.”
Pray for peace in the cities
and harmony among the races.
May peace come to live on our streets
and justice within our walls.
With all my heart I will pray
that peace comes to live among us.
For the sake of all earth’s people,
I will do my utmost for peace.

What we fail to see...


As the master grew old and infirm, the disciples begged him not to die. Said the master, “If I did not go, how would you ever see?”

“What is it we fail to see when you are with us?” they asked. But the master would not say. When the moment of his death was near, they said, “What is it we will see when you are gone?”
With a twinkle in his eye, the master said, “All I did was sit on the riverbank handing out river water. After I’m gone, I trust you will notice the river.”

What we fail to see...


As the master grew old and infirm, the disciples begged him not to die. Said the master, “If I did not go, how would you ever see?”

“What is it we fail to see when you are with us?” they asked. But the master would not say. When the moment of his death was near, they said, “What is it we will see when you are gone?”
With a twinkle in his eye, the master said, “All I did was sit on the riverbank handing out river water. After I’m gone, I trust you will notice the river.”

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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"Because it has always been this way"



I think Seth Godin pretty much nailed it in today's reflection!

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"Because it has always been this way"
That's a pretty bad answer to a series of common questions.Why is the format of the board meeting like this? Why do we always structure our annual conference like this? Why is this our policy? Why do we let him decide these issues? Why is this the price?The real answer is, "Because if someone changes it, that someone will be responsible for what happens."Are you okay with that being the reason things are the way they are?~Seth Godin

Because it has always been this way



I think Seth Godin pretty much nailed it in today's reflection!

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"Because it has always been this way"
That's a pretty bad answer to a series of common questions.Why is the format of the board meeting like this? Why do we always structure our annual conference like this? Why is this our policy? Why do we let him decide these issues? Why is this the price?The real answer is, "Because if someone changes it, that someone will be responsible for what happens."Are you okay with that being the reason things are the way they are?~Seth Godin

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The world is our cloister

A profound reflection on the Incarnation and also on doing ministry in the world, and in schools.

~Chaplain Carey



"The incarnation was not just about Jesus but is manifested everywhere once you learn how to see spiritually. As Francis said, 'The whole world is our cloister'!” —Richard Rohr, Eager to Love

The world is our cloister



"The incarnation was not just about Jesus but is manifested everywhere once you learn how to see spiritually. As Francis said, 'The whole world is our cloister'!” —Richard Rohr, Eager to Love