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Don't know where I am.
Only matters where I've been and
How I'm going on.

-me, on the road this morning
    Have been pondering "communities vs. individuals" a lot.
    Connection vs. disconnection. Can you have both?
    How do you balance the social and the solitary?

    Feel like I'm looking for a practical spirituality
    and not finding it. I believe in immanence... but
    right now I'm not sure it believes in me.

    People are hard. Groups of people are harder.

    Am I crazy? Is it me? Is it you?
The kind of spirituality I value is one
in which you get great joy out of contributing
to life, not just sitting and meditating,
although meditation is certainly valuable.
But from the meditation, from the resulting
consciousness, I would like to see people
in action creating the world that they want
to live in.

-Marshall Rosenberg

Date: 2011-04-22 02:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-22 03:50 pm (UTC)
ext_100364: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Hmm good thoughts to be working through. I was having a similar late night conversation with a friend via chat recently. Talking about active spirituality or drominon (Greek: the thing done; ritual) versus passive observance or teatron (Greek: the thing seen; observed). This is where the division between religion and theater first began.

Date: 2011-04-23 01:18 am (UTC)
daecabhir: (Firefly Zen)
From: [personal profile] daecabhir
I think it's fertile ground for contemplation, and is a worthwhile direction for one's spiritual journey. Of course, my view may be slanted, since I see "sangha" or "community" as one of the three primary components of my own spiritual path. :)

Love the Marshall Rose quote - it resonates deeply. My root teacher reminded us once that "We don't practice meditation to become better meditators - we practice meditation to become better people."


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