Monday, March 2, 2009

Spirituality and the Global Financial Crisis

There is so much to be learnt from the global financial crisis. It asks us what is real and lasting and what really matters. It reminds us that circumstances always change. Now is the time, in the middle of the crisis, to find contentment. If you aren’t content now, you won’t be content when the crisis ends. Be present now. That is the path to spiritual enlightenment. Now is when the spiritual gold can be found; treasures of character and strength that don’t depend on circumstance for validation.

My sermon on Sunday was a reminder that spirituality is here and now in the ordinary moments of life, and enlightenment is deep presence.

Here is a loving kindness affirmation that may be calming in the midst of crisis.

May we release all burdens of guilt, shame, fear, and loss from past trauma that no longer serve us and needless fear and anxiety about the future
May we be filled with loving kindness
May we be protected from all internal and external harm
May we be as healthy and whole as possible
May we be centered, peaceful, and at ease
May we be present
May each of us enjoy both spiritual and material well-being

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