by Lynn Graff
Following the Diocesan workshop in December we are continuing to have a Spirituality discussion group. Some of it is based on Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward, A Spirituality for The Two Halves of Life. Below are some comments from the beginning of this book.
Rohr talks about two halves in life but these are not determined by age but more by experience and learning on our spiritual maturity journey, in response to that sense of seeking “something more”.
Many people are spiritually lazy (as referred to in Scott Peck’s book The Road Less Traveled) and tend to stay with the familiar and habitual. Many learn to do and focus on the “survival dance “and never get around to our “sacred dance”.
The survival dance refers to the business of life, building a strong “container”, family, work, home, identity, reputation, community involvement etc. It is often when this part seems full or done, or involves a change (like retirement) that the question may arise about this being all there is to life. Thus people seek to find the “something more”.
The sacred dance involves finding the “contents” that the container was designed for, working on the spiritual aspect of our lives and relationship with God, living into God’s plan and purpose beyond ourselves, a sense of meaningfulness to our lives, realizing there is something more than everyday life on earth.
Everyone is invited to join us as we explore and expand our understanding and relationship with God. In Jeremiah 29 God promises “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all you heart.” We learn from each other since each person’s spiritual journey is unique. Questions and discussions help form the direction of the workshop.
Next meeting will be in the Parrish Hall on Tuesday May 7 from 2pm – 3:30pm.