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New Theme for May: “The Courage To Be”

By May 6, 2016May 18th, 2016News

In the month of May we will explore what it means to BE. What comes up when we are BEing and not just DOing? BEing is a practice of great courage. We live in a time where it is ever tempting to go, go, go and do, do, do and yet our soul is always inviting us to BE.

We live in a time where it is ever tempting to go, go, go and do, do, do and yet our soul is always inviting us to BE.

BEing can feel scary, foreign and even impossible. We will turn to TV, food, wine, gossip, Facebook and so many other distractions. Inevitably we are confronted by our anxieties and would prefer they just go away. In “The Courage To Be,” we will welcome our whole self: the infinite and finite, the calm and the anxious, the brave and the scared. Welcome to the practice of BEing.

“Courage is the affirmation of one’s essential nature, one’s inner aim. It includes the possible and, in some cases, the unavoidable sacrifice of elements which also belong to one’s being but which, if not sacrificed, would prevent us from reaching our actual fulfillment. In the act of courage the most essential part of our being prevails against the less essential. It is the beauty and goodness of courage that the good and the beautiful are actualized in it.”

— Paul Tillich, from his book “The Courage to Be”

Lola Wright

About Lola Wright

Lola Wright is the Spiritual Director at Bodhi Spiritual Center.

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