Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Days 10, 11 & 12 Simple Abundance Readings: 353 days left....!

Simple Abundance  A Tale of Two Times  (October 12th's reading) 
  • Good Reading for Monday!!!  Starts off with a quote from "A Tale of Two Cities", which of course, I just read!  "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  Charles Dickens  And comparing that quote to the 2 different types of time....Chronos & Kairos...
  • "As the sculptor and poet Henry Van Dyke explains:  'Time is/ Too slow for those who Wait/ Too swift for those who Fear/ Too long for those who grieve/ Too short for those who Rejoice...'" 
  •  Chronos time refers to clocks & deadlines, etc....the world's time
  • Kairos time is "transcendence, infinity, reverence, joy, passion, love, the Sacred."
  • "Kairos lets go."
  • "Chronos requires speed so that it won't be wasted.  Kairos requires space so that it might be savored."
  • "We think we've never known kairos, but we have: when making love, when meditating or praying, when lost in music's rapture or literature's reverie, when planting bulbs or pulling weeds, when watching over a sleeping child, when reading the Sunday comics together in bed, when delighting in a sunset, when exulting in our passions.  We know joy in kairos, glimpse beauty in kairos, remember what it means to be alive in kairos, reconnect with our Divinity in kairos."
  • And we achieve Kairos in our daily lives:  
    •  "By slowing down."
    • "By concentrating on one thing at a time."
    • "By going about whatever we are doing as if it were the only thing worth doing at that moment."
    • "By pretending we have all the time in the world, so that our subconscious will kick in and make it so."
    • "By making time."
    • "By taking time."
  • "It only takes a moment to cross over from chronos to kairos, but it does take a moment."
Simple Abundance  Absolutely Fabulous  (October 13th's reading)
  • Interesting idea....not sure if I agree with it...talking about embracing our shadows....that part of us that's irresponsible & uninhibited....I do agree that we have to let ourselves loose occasionally to avoid "unexpected explosions"  but this can be accomplished with a good comedy that makes you laugh or a naughty dessert or an energetic game of soccer outside, can't it?  It's important to have a release....but I don't believe in the importance of letting our ugly sides show...not that I don't from time to time, and not that it doesn't usually give me an initial just doesn't carry with it a lasting one..........
Simple Abundance  The Ultimate Result of All Ambition  (October 14th's reading)
  • "To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition."  Samuel Johnson
  • Reminding us that working hard, making money, accomplishing goals....all these things should be meant so that when we are at home, we are "happy"....
  • Good tool to apply to the above examples of working, etc.  If all we do is work, what have we accomplished by way of quality of life?  Jay helped me out in a seemingly small way with helping me create my own personal space....I know always look forward to being HOME......and it's true....if what you do throughout your day brings you home in a terrible mood that you can't snap out what you're doing with your day!

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