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simply-walking asked: Hi Phileena, Back on Dec 22 of last year, you posted about this really cool solstice ritual you did. Did you do that this year? I had hoped to do this with my family this year, but it did not work out for this year to do it on the solstice, though I still might do it on New Year's. I think my girls (both teenagers) will appreciate it. Thanks for sharing this. I put a reminder in my calendar to reference this.

Hi there. Yes we sure did. Haven’t had a chance to post about it yet.

ifiblogged:

Why bother? Why cultivate contemplative spirituality in a demanding world with insatiable needs?

To sustain, not just to sustain, but to thrive in difficult vocations of hope we found that we need to nurture a deep spirituality.

We’re all interested in making the world a better place. But it’s not easy. Learning to develop contemplative practices that make room for silence, solitude, and stillness allows our inner life to impact the external world for good.

The world is in desperate need of healing. And we found that to the degree that we are healed, the world will be healed.

We need both. The contemplative and the active have to go hand in hand.

Film produced by The Work of the People with music from Sleeping at Last

(Reblogged from ifiblogged)

Gravity the Movie Gives us Pause to Consider Our Own Need for Rebirth

"The safety of the familiar is sure to teach us important and life-saving lessons that will bring us success, but they are only as strong as our ability to cut the cord and take the risk to be reborn."

Trying to find your way through your own courageous rebirth? Check out The Gravity Center.

What Do You Think? | Ethics of Photojournalism

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Filmmaker Dan Krauss said, “In his famous picture of the vulture stalking the Sudanese girl, I began to see the embodiment of his troubled psyche. I believe Kevin did, too. In the starving child, he saw Africa’s suffering; in the preying vulture, he saw his own face.” Carter’s daughter Megan responded to such comparisons with, “I see my dad as the suffering child. And the rest of the world is the vulture.”

What Do You Desire?

It is only by attending to desires that we may encounter our deepest self, the image of God within…the degree to which we value or devalue human desire [is] the key to our inner growth.

Philip Sheldrake, theologian

How Technology Will Disappear

Technology will be so seamlessly integrated into our lives that it will effectively disappear. The line between self and technology is thin today; by then it will effectively vanish. We will think with, think into, and think through our smart tools but their presence and reach into our lives will be less visible.

Barry Chudakov

Are You Hyperconnected?

Hyperconnected. Always on. These terms have been invented to describe the environment created when people are linked continuously through tech devices to other humans and to global intelligence. Teens and young adults have been at the forefront of the rapid adoption of the mobile internet and the always-on lifestyle it has made possible.

Barry Chudakov

Can You Be Present to World of Need?

In this age of information overload, there is a premium on the skill of maintaining presence, of mindfulness and of awareness. The call for contemplative activism has never been so great.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson (via kathrynwiebe)
(Reblogged from kathrynwiebe)