Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

The Invisible War: Critique

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Watching the film, The Invisible War was a bit disconcerting yet encouraging. The film won the audience award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and I have to say, Director, Kirby Dick and Producer, Amy Ziering, did an outstanding job of shining a light bulb on the dark military secret of uncontested rape within that culture. About a dozen women, and a man, were interviewed on the prevalent problem of rape and assault within the military. When justice was asked for, these people were retaliated against.

I don’t like war and I have no idea when human beings will outgrow it. Life experience has taught me however that real growth starts within, so to see courageous women, and men, come forward and demand justice against violent crimes within the United States Services, is promising.

The film was watched by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who a few days later directed commanders to hand over all sexual assault investigations to a higher-ranked colonel.

When watching The Invisible War it helps to keep in mind the bigger picture. Women are also fighting to be treated as equals in the service even fighting in combat.  For a balanced perspective on fighting for equality and justice, rather than fighting against one another, I recommend reading The Christian Science Monitor Weekly, Issue 32, 7/2/2012, article titled, Up in Arms. Former Black Hawk pilot, Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs in combat while piloting, believes women should have full rights to serve in the military in any position.

Bear in mind, to be assaulted by an enemy is polar opposite to being assaulted by a friend and ally. Christ Jesus told us to love our enemies (Matt. 3:44). How can we love our enemies when we don’t even love, respect, and care for our friends?

Modesty is Acoustically Profound

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Never underestimate yourself. If you have a vision that is meant to embrace the hearts of humanity, go ahead and take those tiny modest steps to fulfill the promise. It is unnecessary to have highfalutin ideals that require an institution or trend to get kick started.

Beautiful embracing improvement happens with small changes, that seem trivial in the beginning but taken together the trifles add up to a huge impact on the environment and consciousness.

I recently learned about Olga Bloom, a retired concert violinist who mortgaged her home and turned an old coffee barge into a floating concert hall.

Check it out on Bargemusic.

Zen Kitty Admires a Cat on a Leash

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Traditions to Pass On

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The cultural preservation of religious principles occurs through traditions however do the traditions resemble rote style learning or independent thinking and practice?

Are the teachings communicative or ceremonial?

Is an institution claiming authority over passing along the teachings?

An effective tradition, is not regurgitating good words, but loving and serving God, while loving humanity and respecting our earth. Instead of repeating worn-out rituals, the tradition of altering the mental and visual landscape that we all move in, carried out, will improve the health of society.

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