I now have a stronger sense of it being possible to make a start with individual people. Make a change in yourself, so some work on yourself, and it might make a difference in the world.
Living life to the full, with meaning and spirit, in not an unattainable goal for the few. It’s open to everyone. There is a naturalness about it, which, once caught, becomes a sort of second nature. It grows out of paying serious attention to the discovery of who you are and what your purpose is. It is not a withdrawal from the world but a commitment to waking up to the possibilities of life, to engaging courageously with life, taking in its rich experiences so they become part of you; to giving all that you uniquely have to give? Living life to the full requires you to laugh and enjoy, to be grateful for the astonishing gift of your life, to identify and take care of your spiritual sources of nourishment, and find a community of faith in life that will challenge you and keep you in good company.
The pace of contemporary life encourages us to squander experience as though it were infinite, to move on from one event to the next, in search of novelty and in the illusion of progress. What is the point of all our doing, however exciting, however novel, if nothing is harvested from it and integrated into increased understanding and insight?
Magpies are crying their last melancholy carol of the day and the sound strikes a corresponding chord in my soul.
Everyone has pain, everyone feels loneliness, everyone has challenges and hard times. Everyone feels some fear, some wondering about what it’s all about, some joy in life. It’s very lovely to hear what we have in common, and to recognise and celebrate the differences as well.
I think the influence of women needs to be more consciously accepted in all areas of life. It’s been lacking. It’s been there but it hasn’t been acknowledged.
We need men to find their inner compassion and women to find their inner strength. We need to call on all our human qualities and ways of knowing in order to make a better world.
Aboriginal people are a steady beating heart at the centre of our Australian spiritual identity.
To me, religion is about people sharing the spirit of life with each other.