Friday, February 19, 2016

Take a load off and stop striving

From Rohr, again.

"In fact, possessions and soul seem to operate in inverse proportion to one another. Only through simplicity can we find deep contentment instead of perpetually striving and living unsatisfied. Simple living is the foundational social justice teaching of Jesus, Francis, Gandhi, and all hermits, mystics, prophets, and seers since time immemorial."

I forgot to finish this blog earlier today. It's not going to be much but I had a few quotes from my medication that I thought I would share. The one above struck me partially because of how obvious it is. It seems most spiritual thinkers have been advocating things like "letting go", "simplicity", and "acceptance". The outliers are the rah-rah accomplish anythings found in some churches - though they have their points, too.

I wonder how you and I strive too much. Is it for possessions? This is, in an interesting development, starting to go out of style. In the culture I'm in it's not very prevalent anyway.

Striving for perfection or to promote the ego though... that's probably where we'll find our striving, unsatisfied selves. Something to think about.

I'll leave you with a few other quotes!

"The Franciscan alternative orthodoxy asks us to let go, to recognize that there is enough to go around and meet everyone's need but not everyone's greed."

"But we can indeed be happy in mutual interdependence with nature, with the kindness of others, and with our own hard work and creativity, while living in the natural rhythms of life."

1 comment:

  1. "a few quotes from my medication" hehehe... can I have some? Great post!