Whole Souul Living

Hospitality

Hospitality is an ancient value. Legend has it the Hebrew prophet Elijah would wander about disguised as a beggar to test whether people would be hospitable or hostile. On one occasion, a rabbi turned him away, only to learn later that it was Elijah in disguise. The moral in the Hebrew tradition is that you should treat all strangers as though you are greeting the prophet.

Myth

Here is a modern definition of myth, a la Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell:  “Myth refers to an intricate set of interlocking stories, rituals, rites, and customs that inform and give the pivotal sense of meaning and direction to a person, family, community, or culture.”  From this perspective, all of us are living collections of myths, consciously or unconsciously modeling our behavior, identity, and aspirations around images of what it means to be a parent, worker, youth, elder, lover, partner, adult, child, seeker, white person, Asian, etc.

Creativity

Create: verb
1. To cause to exist; bring into being.
2. To give rise to; produce
3. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort
 

Economy

Economy is our Whole Souul Living Theme for January, which probably needs just a little introduction. In a sense, everything has some economy to it. Because, everything comes with trade-offs. E.B. White once wrote, “I wake each morning torn between two impulses: the impulse to savor the world, and the impulse to save it. It makes it hard to plan the day...”

Preparation

Preparation is the Whole Souul Living Theme for November, another time-honored yet deeply under-rated spiritual discipline. Preparation is the answer to the question, “What if I have to speak in front of hundreds of people?” It is the same answer to the question, “How can I live a more authentic life?” or any number of other pressing Life questions. Preparation forces us to get clear about our intentions, something else frequently overlooked by spiritual seekers.

Learning and Growth

As happens too often, modern culture gets it exactly backwards when it comes to Learning and Growth, assuming yet another commodity to be acquired for its practical or monetary value.  But the wisdom teachings and spiritual traditions of the world would have us see a deeper dimension to learning and growth.  The depth dimensions of learning and growth are about a lifelong process of becoming more aware, more conscious, more sensitive to the inner reaches, more at home in the world.  “I have never let my schoo

Compassion

Love has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Love and compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which Love is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which Love is to bless us now.

Salvation

salvation, n.  A saving or being saved; preservation from destruction, ruin, loss, or calamity.

 

Generosity

 

Our Whole Souul Living Theme for November is Generosity, a topic both deeply complex (if we think about it too much) and astonishingly simple (if we simply follow the impulse).  

Core Circle WSL - Simplicity

Opening Reading:

"The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
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- from the Tao Te Ching, chapter 8

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