Tag Archives: life


2 Jun

Daily Life as Spiritual Exercise

18 May

Daily Life as Spiritual Exercise (1971), Durkheim writes,

When we speak of Transcendental Being and the transforming and liberating unity of the Ground, the question inevitably arises; is it not presumptuous to inquire into that which so obviously touches the deepest mystery of life and of man, and which is beyond all rational comprehension? Indeed, such inquiry is permissible only if approached with the utmost delicacy. Even so, we should not be diffident before this great mystery that our diffidence makes us blind and deaf to essential being…. Even so, we have happily, the right to remind ourselves that the mystery of the Ground of Greater Life constantly penetrates our little personal life, with its continuous summons and its power of renewal. …Divine Being stirs in our darkness, bestowing on us, when at last the depths begin to stir and the veil of conceptualization falls, its illuminating experiences. …The Great Experience—which leads to Metanoia, to a reversal of the old life and to a new birth—contains two elements; the experience of oneness, in the stillness of which all things are rendered down, and the encounter with the special way in which we as individual beings participate in Being as Greater Life, which drives forward with dynamic force into the ‘light of the world.


24 Dec

‘Everything is impermanent and interacting with all. It is all like a flame feeding from the original source but soon to extinguish. All form is brief and a manifestation of the great mysterious source.’  Rodger R Ricketts

The student asked the teacher, ‘What is the meaning of life?’ The teacher replied, ‘Life is the meaning. Nurture the gift of life in yourself and other sentient beings. Support the inherent will to survive and thrive within the natural residence of the ecosystems of existence. Be kind and wise.’ Rodger R Ricketts

All living beings are conduits for the eternal Life Force.’ Rodger R Ricketts


Cycle of Life

30 Nov

Everything Arises and Ceases

5 Nov

Sisters and Brothers in Being

29 Oct


27 Oct

Shifting Sands

28 Sep

All living beings have problem-solving characteristics

17 Sep

All living beings solve problems, plants and animals use their parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needsEven amoebas solve their problems with trial and error — grasping out for food in the primordial soup. Humans are the same, we just have more complex problems and ways to learn from trial and error. The grand narrative of evolution is all about problem-solving.

Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water, and air. In addition, animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information from the environment, enabling them to respond to these inputs in ways that aid in survival. Plants, like animals, have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that each serves specific functions in survival and growth, and plants also respond to external inputs. For each structure, the shape and stability of that structure are related to its function. That All living beings have problem-solving characteristics has a universal spiritual quality.


We all are brothers and sisters

24 Aug