Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Fortunate Clash of New and Old

posted by Cheryl Petersen

rooftops in Marrakech full of satellites

We’ve all seen resistance to change. Human beings sometimes fear the new and therefore cling to the old. But, mostly, the new and old blend with a happy dynamic that makes for an interesting life.

Last week in Marrakech, Morocco, I smiled at the obvious mix of new and old. While donkeys pulled carts to deliver merchandise throughout the Medina, people were texting or talking on their cell phones. Men would emerge from the Mosques and return to jobs that involved computers. Women purchased their daily food items in the Souk and went home to prepare it in their Kitchen Aide appliances. When there wasn’t time to cook food in a tagine, the pressure-cooker was used. The blend of the old and new was delightful.

Has there been a time when you’ve noticed a fortunate mix of new and old?

old rooftops

From the 4th edition Preface to 21st Century Science and Health, “Consciousness has changed dramatically over the last few centuries due to individual inspiration and a nonhierarchical collaboration. Science has pierced through superstitions. Technology has recalibrated spatial and temporal orientation. Education has revealed the similarities between human beings, doggedly proving that there is no superior or inferior person. A conscious “self” has emerged from the tribal mentality. The cosmos itself interprets an infinite. And, a theological religion is yielding to the empathic religion as religious thinking, through faith and reason, struggles to keep up with these new concepts without twisting them to suit human ideologies or outgrown beliefs.”

 

My daughter, Leah, on a rooftop

Drinking in Marrakech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Eating lunch on a roof overlooking Marrakech, Morocco, my senses took in the smell of fresh spices, the sound of vendors at work, and the taste of a life seasoned pungently with the Islam faith. Colorful carpets hung on the adobe walls of flanked buildings. The feeling of the modest rooftops larger view served to reaffirm the fact that my daughter and I had been courageously discovering the intricate and engaged city of Marrakech, unhindered by intimidating impressions.

For 4 days my daughter and I had been wandering through a maze of narrow brick alleys while struggling to avoid getting in the way of passing natives, mules pulling carts, vintage bicycles operated by skilled riders, and 80 cc motorcycles spewing out thick exhaust. We listened to the calls to prayer amplified over the city, smiled at the city cats, and were intrigued by the history and culture.

Children walked and played freely in the pathways. Bread was baked in a shared neighborhood bakery. There was a prevalent sense of community respect, minus a select few men who were triggered to provoke our attention with shady comments. Each day, we were clearly cautious of the human habit to be aggressive toward someone different, yet knowing this habit is not restricted to ethnicity or religion. This attitude opened the door to meeting extraordinarily normal people who raised families, worked hard, and helped others.

Galatians 3:28

New International Version (NIV)

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

Books on iPOD and Headed to France

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It is curious to watch how my spatial and temporal observations are shifting to new realities. Space and time do not have as much power or weight as previously believed.

I just downloaded onto my iPOD a stack of books that I now do not have to carry during my upcoming trip to France. What a relief!

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Whatever resembles an idea governed by Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through astronomy, art, natural history, chemistry, music, and mathematics, thought passes naturally from effect back to cause.

Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive. They should promote the advancement of human mind to a higher consciousness, out of all that is mortal.”

Zen Kitty and Gold

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sometimes I stare at the piano, but other times I listen to Doug and Cheryl when they read books out-loud to one another in the evenings. Last night, Doug was reading The Treasure of the Superstition Mountains, by Gary Jennings. Here are 3 curious facts I heard about gold:

-One ounce of gold can be beaten out to the thickness used for gold-leafing statues and domes to cover 183 square feet.
-A single gram of gold has been drawn into a fine wire two miles long.
-Gold can be hammered to .0001 millimeter in thickness.

According to The Money Show gold is attractive next to dull interest rates and rising inflationary pressures. (The Surprise Gold Trend for 2012, by Brittney Barrett)

According to the Bible, gold is a temptation to make false images or gods.

According to Zen Kitty, gold is a part of creation, to be respected for what it is and for what it isn’t.

When it comes to “things” it helps to know what the thing is AND what the thing isn’t. This keeps us balanced and focused.

Examples:

  • -The human body is a symbol of an extraordinary individual. But the body is not separate from the universe.
  • -Religion is a means of discovering truth. Religion is not truth in and of itself.
  • -My fur is soft and soothing to pet, but it isn’t intact, in other words, I leave a lot of cat hair around on the floor.
  • -A healthy body is nice, but it isn’t our spirituality.
  • -Gold is elegant and durable but it isn’t a source of beauty or happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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