Sunday, June 21, 2015

Soul Work

Soul work, in light of the Charleston incident and how we can learn, grow, and hopefully, progress as a country...

This started out as a paraphrased interpretation of Aaron White's powerful sermon this morning at church, that was to be a simple Facebook post.  However, as often the case, my thoughts lacked brevity that is usually preferred in that social medium.  And so, here we go...

I wanted to share - and hopefully, inspire others to think about their own soul work, as it is something that each of us can work on in ways that can make a meaningful, positive impact on the variety of communities that make up our country.

We have much soul work to do as we aim to be responsibly and joyfully human.  Admission of participation in a problem allows us to have power to change an issue.  Each of us accepting this responsibility is necessary so that we may ALL experience what it means to be joyfully human.

Aaron's sermon was so moving that as Jillian and I drove home from church, I felt the need to share this past week's events with her and to have a discussion about what our role in that is/might be, what it can and needs to be, and that although it may seem daunting and frustratingly overwhelming, we have to redirect those feelings into action.  That action can be both big and small - within and outside of us.  Action is important, as fear, frustration, hopelessness, concern, worry, etc. - all those feelings - if we do not adopt the mindset to be part of the change, sitting on those feelings just promotes a stagnant, unproductively frustrating state of being within ourselves and our community and country.  Action and being a part of social justice promotes breaking out of a problem that is not limited to our country's history, but is very much a part of our country's current struggle.

Then, since Jillian was seeming especially patient and receptive, I was able to tie-in some of this past week's yoga teachings regarding the importance of recognizing and letting go of attachments and how that concept might relate to learning mindfully do the soul work Aaron spoke of this morning.

Lots to think about.  Even more to do, with mindful, responsible action. 

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