If you have not seen this TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg, do yourself a favor. Take ten minutes and watch it. It may change your life. It is one of the things that has inspired me to start my own gratitude journal.
Ignatian Spirituality has made such an impact on me that I use one of its core tenets, Finding God In All Things, as the tagline for my blog. It has also helped me to become a contemplative in action, as my friend Andy Otto puts it.
Contentment is when we tell the Shepherd that His presence is sufficient for all our emotional needs. We seek solutions for our emptiness in many directions, all of them lacking. But those who go deep with Jesus discover He is always better. The greater our intimacy, the greater our contentment.
Mindfulness includes letting go of the tendency to want things to be a certain way or to judge how you’re doing. If it is going to make a difference, this thought process must go beyond meditation and into in everyday experience.
Powerful institutionalized religious systems and those of us who follow after them instead of following after Jesus seem to know little of the kingdom.
I went for an 8 miler in the blizzard today. Why? Because that’s what the training plan called for and life doesn’t hand you 60 and sunny every day.