Monday, March 12, 2018

Connect with "the givens," for well being

It's noisy out there!  The noise distracts us from turning inward and getting to know our inner self better -- from the good, the bad and the ugly. If you've had enough, then turn off and unplug noisy distractions. Find a pleasant and safe place to sit. You can sit in the classic meditation pose, or sit on a sofa or chair. Comfortably place your hands on your legs, rhythmically breathe in and out calming your mind with each breath. Contemplate.

Let nature help you find your peaceful center. Connect with anima mundi, the earth’s living soul.

The following is excerpted from a new post in the weekly publication from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

The Givens, by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

On spring and summer mornings, I love to go out early and walk in my little garden. If I can somehow let my “roots and tendrils” reconnect me with the “givens” of life, as Bill Plotkin calls them—not the ideas about life, but the natural world, what is—I experience extraordinary grounding, reconnection, healing, and even revelation. One hopping bird can do me in!

Many of us have a sense of self or identity that is created by our relationship to ideas, thoughts, and words. In fact, we think that our thoughts are reality. We can spend our whole lives rattling around inside of ideas, rarely touching upon what is right in front of us. Today most of us spend the majority of our time interacting with thoughts and opinions about everything. Computers, smart phones, internet, email, social media, and selfies keep us preoccupied. It is, of course, a world of our own fabrication. But we take it for reality itself.

... when people my age are still spending most of their lives focused on themselves, our civilization is surely in an arrested development. This is clearly seen in our politics, and even, I am afraid, in much of our clergy, who reflect our narcissistic culture rather than lead it forward. Robert Bly rightly called it a “sibling society.” One of the foundational reasons for this widespread immaturity is that we have lost contact with the givens, with the natural world.

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