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STANDING STONES

 
 

THIS PAGE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE SOME SPIRITUAL DIMENSION TO THEIR LIFE, BUT ARE NOT RELIGIOUS OR DON’T LIKE THE CHURCH, AND DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START.

WE ARE, IF YOU LIKE, MADE UP OF ‘BODY’, ‘MIND’, AND ‘SPIRIT’. THESE ARE DIFFERENT, EVER DEEPER, LAYERS. MANY PEOPLE NEVER GET BEYOND A BODILY RESPONSE TO LIFE, AND MANY MORE NEVER PASS BEYOND THE INTELLECTUAL TO THE EMOTIONAL OR SPIRITUAL RESPONSE. BUT MANY PEOPLE HAVE ACHIEVED THIS OVER THE YEARS, AND WE CAN LEARN FROM THEM.


STANDING STONES SEEM TO HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR EVER.  THEY CROP UP IN VARIOUS PLACES AND ARE LANDMARKS, - A PERMANENT AND IMPOSING PART OF THE LANDSCAPE WHERE THEY ARE FOUND.

THE WORDS OF SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE ON THIS PAGE OF OUR SITE ARE LIKE STANDING STONES. THEY COME FROM VARIOUS PLACES AND SOME OF THEM SEEM TO HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR EVER.

THEY CAN BE YOUR LANDMARKS - A PERMANENT PART OF THE LANDSCAPE OF YOUR LIFE, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME KIND OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION.  THERE ARE LINKS IF YOU WANT TO EXPLORE FURTHER.

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“The spiritual life is not a separate and specialised part of daily life.

Everything you do in the day, from washing to eating breakfast, having meetings, driving to work, going to the shop, solving problems, making more problems for yourself, watching television or deciding instead to read, going to the pub or the cinema or going to church, visiting friends or taking a walk alone, cleaning the house or relaxing in the bath -

EVERYTHING YOU DO IS YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.

It is only a matter of how consciously you do these ordinary things, how attentive you are to the opportunities they offer for growth, for enjoyment, and how mindfully, how selflessly, how compassionately you perform them.”

After Lawrence Freeman, OSB

"Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers,  the wise person accepts the essence of the different scriptures  and sees only the good in all religions."

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,

commonly known as  Mahatma Gandhi


BORN, INDIA : 1869

ASSASSINATED : 1948

Train yourself to be holy. For physical training is of some value, but spiritual training has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.   St. Paul

THESE WORDS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO CHIEF SEATTLE, A NATIVE AMERICAN LEADER,

SPOKEN DURING TALKS WITH SETTLERS OVER LAND RIGHTS IN AMERICA IN 1854


Whatever befalls the earth

befalls the children of the earth

Every part of the earth is sacred.

The air is precious,

for each of us share the same breath

This we know, the earth does not belong to us,

we belong to the earth

This we know, all things are connected,

like the blood which unites one family.

Our God is the same God,

whose compassion is equal for all.

We did not weave the web of life;

we are merely a strand in it.

Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves

Every part of the earth is sacred,

for it all belongs to our Creator.

 

The Sufi masters tell this tale :

A seeker asked a holy master “May I become your disciple?”

“You are only a disciple because your eyes are closed” came the reply’

“the day you open them you will see there is nothing you can learn from me”

“Then what is the master for?” the seeker asked.

“The purpose of a master”, the holy one answered,

“is to bring you to the point of knowing the uselessness of having one”

A Vietnamese Buddhist priest was asked for advice by someone seeking to set out on the way of holiness. "To start with" he said "draw your lips into a faint, scarcely perceptible smile."

(Try it, and you will see how often we are in the habit of greeting our fellows with a frown, instead of a smile. Until we can accomplish such humdrum acts we shall seek the more heroic tasks in vain.)


That same Buddhist teacher, at the height of the Vietnam war, visited an  American University. This was the time of flower power, when meditation  was the thing,  and he was questioned by a student who was very caught up in the current fashion for learning techniques of meditation.

"Could you tell us", he asked, "how you meditate in your monastery in Vietnam?”

To which the reply came :

"In our monastery no-one is allowed to meditate until he has spent at least three years learning how to serve tea to the older monks."

The mystic teacher St. John of the Cross compared the human soul to a bird wanting to fly away. It has broken out of its cage, and escaped from indoors into the open air.  Nevertheless it is still attached by one ever so slender thread tied round its leg. That thread prevents it from soaring heavenwards just as surely as if it were in chains and behind bars.


The way of holiness is a way of life, not a way of being apart from life.


But it is a way of life that demands that we give up anything that obstructs us or prevents us from attaining that way of life.


It is, as Jesus compared it, like treasure - a pearl of great price, or treasure buried in a field, for which one would give up everything to acquire.


The price we pay for spiritual holiness is the giving up of everything that is not holy, that is not of God.

LIVING A SPIRIT-LED LIFE

LIVING A SPIRIT-LED LIFE

BECOMING  A SPIRIT-LED PERSON

BECOMING  A SPIRIT-LED PERSON

You can find out more about a way we use to discipline our lives HERE

You can find out more about a way we use to discipline our lives HERE

You can find out more about how to make spirit-filled lifestyle choices HERE

You can find out more about how to make spirit-filled lifestyle choices HERE