We’ve all heard about the power of "now," enjoining us to live fully in this very moment, being present… But being present to what? What the heck is this moment, really? What is now?
There are different ways to approach our relationship with the present. Sometimes it makes sense to try to totally release the past and the future, to recognize that the past is a memory and the future is a dream. But sometimes, I think, it can be really powerful to recognize the ways in which every moment actually includes all time.
Now is all that is and now is ALL that is.
Join me this Saturday at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) for celebration service at 6:00 pm. (wine & cheese at 5:30). XO, Drew
“Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” — Edwin Hubbell Chapin
It can be excruciating — tenderness, feeling deeply, attempting to stay open-hearted when it’s scary as hell, confronting our own shadow as we face the collective shadow, grieving, wanting to make sense of the senseless — all the stages and processes we’ve been through together this week.
And while I am conscious of how vulnerable many of us feel right now, I am also very aware that we are seriously, amazingly strong. Having hearts of glass doesn’t need to mean just that we’re delicate things. Yes, life is precious and yes we can crack, even shatter.
AND it is important to remember that glass also symbolizes clarity, vision, transparency, receptivity…
When we are willing to be open, when we let ourselves to be translucent, allowing the light to shine from within us and freely into us, I think these exquisite hearts of ours can become practically unbreakable.
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) with my brilliant & beautiful friends, Patty Stephens and Sid Fendley. Join us at 5:30 for refreshments, community, and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
When there’s a problem of any sort, it can seem most high-minded to try to transcend the difficulty. When there’s conflict, it often sounds most evolved to simply try to rise above difference in recognition of a greater Unity. I’m not knocking this approach. It is, however, sometimes incomplete…
Because the thing is - when we’re aware of a problem, sometimes we’re being called to address that problem directly rather than floating over it. And when there’s conflict, sometimes our service to Unity means standing our ground.
Universal Harmony is a worthy ideal. AND it is valuable only to the degree that we can actually embody and experience it. And embodiment and experience occur not in lofty transcendence but in the imminent and immediate. The elephant in the room is our Humanity. Let’s live ourselves with relish!
I can’t wait to see you on Saturday at 6:00pm, with Patty Stephens & Pat Rhoads, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for refreshments & cheer. XO, Rev. Drew