It’s pretty easy to see how things can be lost in translation — meaning, intention, and music often get misplaced when we try to translate from one language to another. Yet something like translating is a process in which we're constantly engaged as we try to understand each other — we render others’ expression into the “language” of our own experience, our own life, our own feelings & ideas.
If we are mindful of the fact that we’re doing this, interpreting each other and everything all the time, perhaps we needn't lose the original spirit of what's being shared with us. And if we practice owning our responsibility in this process, it seems likely that we might actually find something new in translation. Maybe we’ll find an awareness of our own assumptions, projections, and biases. Maybe we’ll find connections that transcend language, or an empathy that doesn’t require understanding. Maybe what is found in translation is Love.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday for our celebration service at 6:00, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for wine, community, and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
Here’s a common conversation: “How are you? I’m okay. How about you? I’m okay too.” We say this or something like it a dozen times most days.
It struck me recently that when I say “I’m okay” I’m often expressing a rather lackluster feeling. Just okay, fine, adequate, whatever… Like, it’s not bad to be okay, but it’s hardly spectacular. And if things were different I’d probably choose something other than merely okay.
But I suspect I’m missing out on something powerful when I do “okay” this way. I believe that there can be something rich and strong in straightforward “okay-ness.” Being okay is the very essence of integrity and wholeness. Being okay can reflect a deep awareness of our own rightness with the world. And this is a well-grounded place from which to move into everything else we wish to create and experience — everything including the spectacular, the transformational, the transcendent and inspiring.
I can't wait to see you — to be okay together — this Saturday at 6:00 pm, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) with my spectacular friends Patty & Sid. Join us at 5:30 for wine, community, and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
Love stretches us. The more we allow ourselves to feel it, receive it, express it, and share it, the greater our capacity for more of it. I'm not just being romantic — I think this is really the way it works.
I was pondering such deep thoughts recently when I heard someone describe their heart as “full of love.”
I’ve certainly used this phrase before, and I totally understand feeling so full of a feeling I could burst. But the phrase “full of love” landed for me as something of a misnomer. Because Love forever expands us, it doesn’t seem possible to ever get one’s fill of it — there’s always room for more. Right?
The question isn’t how to get full, but rather where do we let our never-fullness lead us? It’s not about sating desire once and for all, but rather allowing our yearning to lead us full-throttle, full-out, full-fledged, full-speed into glorious uncharted territories — BEING and BRINGING more than we ever thought possible.
I can’t wait to see you at our service of Song & Celebration this Saturday at 6:00 pm, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for wine, community, & cheer. XO, Drew
I know that a lot of us feel like we’re running on fumes lately. And we’ve had to dig deep to tap a source of continuing strength and faith. We’ve got to plug in to a sustainable vitality to keep on keeping on.
The phrase “consider the source” keeps occurring to me this week. Usually, this idea is offered as a wry justification to dismiss or disregard information that has come our way — as in: consider the source before you pay any heed to that crazy hater’s Facebook comments. On one hand, this is sound advice. On the other hand, can there ever really be any source other than the One Source?
If we practice remembering that everything is an expression of the Divine, perhaps it is possible to relate to it ALL as a potential source of energy, love, and nourishment. Maybe sustainable energy is not just about digging deep wells, but also about tilling broad fields.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 pm. Join us at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) for wine, community, and cheer at 5:30. XO, Rev. Drew