willingness or willful?

But there is a tension here, for will can easily be willful as it can be willing. And there is a vast difference between the two. Most often willfulness is based on fear. We try to make the world the way we want it by forcing solutions. Compensating for the uncertainty inside us, we become motivated by power instead of participation. Then we find struggles instead of solutions because force is often me with resistance. We stay emotionally hungry yet cannot be fed. We ask for more and more and receive less. Willingness, on the other hand, allows life to show us the way.

“Thy will be done,” we say in the Lord’s Prayer. And the very next line is, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Truly prayed, this is a prayer of willingness…willingness to desire God’s will. Willingness to feel and recognize hunger and therefore willingness to receive sustenance. Willingness to forgive and be forgiven. This prayer understands our human nature. 

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On Loving…

*The potential for a loving relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with God is a gift. We cannot make it. But we can choose to be oriented toward the only place loving can occur, namely right here, now, where we are. Just the living of that orientation makes it more possible for this gift, this blessing, to happen to us and for us to receive it.  

*To love we know we must meet each other somewhere. We know that place of meeting is none other than the here and now. There is no meeting anywhere else. We cannot live separately from what is.

We are given bodies. We are given the world. We are given time. But without attention, without awareness, without true presence, we do not meet, we do not find each other.

In the here and now dwells the truth that all of us are limited…that we are continuously moving and changing…always longing and reaching for the not-yet. The truth is that we are the energy in these bodies, burning through time…that we are dying. This is fundamental—our earth, our water, our air, and our fire.

Let us meet where we already are, in the elements of our vulnerability. In this we are together and we cannot do without each other. This is basic.  Our neighbor is our self.  

*Love is a direction and not a state of the soul.  – Simone Weil  

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Becoming Bread – Embracing the Spiritual in the Everyday

By Gunilla Norris

 

On Prayer and Housekeeping

*Prayer and housekeeping—they go together. They have always gone together. We simply know that our daily round is how we live. When we clean and order our homes, we are somehow also cleaning and ordering ourselves. How we hold the simplest of tasks speaks loudly about how we hold life itself. –Gunilla Norris

*The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. –Thomas Moore

*How we care for our homes is a subtle but significant expression of not only our self-esteem but the contentment of our soul. Soulfulness is not necessarily linked to religion. –Sarah Ban Breathnacht

*Your home is sacred space, a sacred space with your address. Most people think of these places as mundane. Pity. If we ever needed them to be sacred, we need it now. –Kathryn L. Robyn

romancing the ordinary

I am a terrible housekeeper.

I loathe all aspects of it.

May I be open to change and be willing to see the necessity of it and the spiritual nature that can be found in the work.