Our independent Western instincts lead us away from connectedness. When we feel lonely, isolated and depressed, we focus on fixing ourselves. But counter-intuitively, self-focus only makes us more miserable. When we give ourselves in service to others, we heal ourselves in the process.
Americans are lonely people. Our lack of connectedness is literally killing us. The physical effects of loneliness include depression, anxiety, cardio vascular stress and suppressed immune systems. As technological and cultural trends move us further away from true connection, we must intentionally move toward it. The last part of the
Our Western instincts tend to view meditation as passivity in a world needing action. But no! Meditation helps us detach from agendas, anger, ego, and fear . . . so we can be active in the world. It helps bring our healthy selves, our loving selves to action. It gives
Often cringeworthy words for those who grew up in church, these ancient practices, when stripped to their essential purpose, can enliven our spiritual journeys. We believe they deserve a resurrection. Note: some folks found the introduction to the lesson triggering… some found it calming and reassuring. You’ll need to decide.
When you see what you hadn’t seen, your life can turn significantly. Turn from thought ruts and defeating habits. At NRCC, we use a worksheet to help us see what we hadn’t. And it’s true! Our lives do turn around. The ancients called the process “repentance.” They called it “confession.”
Turns out, this is rocket science. And we have to pass the class! Our world is desperate for religious people to take their place as repairers of the earth. We must move beyond the marketing machine narrative selling us an us-against-them narrative, and take our place as the conscience of our society, modeling