Comments for Inscendence http://inscendence.com spiritual by nature Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:36:11 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on La Perfeccion by ronhardly http://inscendence.com/la-perfeccion/#comment-366 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:36:11 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1421#comment-366 I love this poem. “…its boxy silhouette and deep combustion.” Reminds me of Borges.

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Comment on Guest Post: Moon & Stars by ronhardly http://inscendence.com/guest-post-moon-stars/#comment-365 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:22:42 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1417#comment-365 The little braid of fate and destiny. Interesting little book I just finished called Memory Theater. Interweaving fact and fiction, astrology and philosophy. How the history of a philosophy of memory/remembering intersects the author/main character’s life. …”those four eyebrows appraising me.” Ha.

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Comment on Guest Post: Moon & Stars by Ruth http://inscendence.com/guest-post-moon-stars/#comment-364 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:28:57 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1417#comment-364 Fancy meeting you out here in left field. Welcome. I too am enjoying Wendy’s invitation to brood… particularly on the question of “what the stars will bring,” and how they will or will not name me. Or — perhaps more likely — the possibility that they have, and I am in the process of remembering.

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Comment on Guest Post: Moon & Stars by ronhardly http://inscendence.com/guest-post-moon-stars/#comment-363 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:09:22 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1417#comment-363 Hi Ruth. I’m about to go vote today in the Illinois primary. This wonderful piece reminds me of a term Robert Sardello uses. Ironic imagination. Holding contradictions without seeking to resolve them. Living the questions as Rilke says. My mind does not seem capable of holding these many contradictions. But sometime I sense a feeling, my soul I think, can carry these things. In the moonlight, the starlight, the sunlight and the darkness.

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Comment on Anxiety, Apathy and Choice by Carol A. Hand http://inscendence.com/anxiety/#comment-362 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 04:45:26 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1412#comment-362 A thought-provoking post that raises crucial questions. On a very basic applied level, I’ve struggled with the temptation to tell neighbors not to spread chemicals on their lawns or hang Christmas lights – silly examples I know. But ultimately, as you point out, it’s a self-righteous shaming approach, and really what positive concrete difference will it really make? The best I can do for now is simply try to walk the talk – plant gardens, offer space for neighbors and share what I grow. Gradually, one neighbor has changed over the past four years – less use of chemicals, new gardens, and he sometimes asks for advice about what to grow. It doesn’t stop war or Monsanto or promote technological innovation. But I think it really boils down to creating a sense of connection among people with each other and the earth. We need to care enough about ourselves, the earth, and each other to try…

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Comment on Anxiety, Apathy and Choice by Ruth http://inscendence.com/anxiety/#comment-361 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 02:04:58 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1412#comment-361 Nice to hear from you Darla! I don’t know Mary Pipher or that book, but perhaps I should add it to my list of titles to explore. You’ve put your finger on one of the things Lertzman talks about, which is ambivalence or also the psychological mechanism of splitting. We have within us many different parts and those parts have a variety of reactions to the world (some of which are contradictory). We move our attention among them and respond from the perspective of each at different times.

I guess what I’m wanting to explore further is the angst that seems to be underneath and driving all of this activity… the thing we are ultimately trying to manage. To me this is where psychology and spirituality intersect. The anxiety is existential, moving us into the terrain of cosmology and spirituality. So it’s not just about “how can I feel OK?”, but also “what’s ultimately going on here?” I think that you’re right in that the truth is that we really can’t separate the two. However, in practice I think we do it almost all the time in our culture.

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Comment on Anxiety, Apathy and Choice by Darla http://inscendence.com/anxiety/#comment-360 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:59:43 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1412#comment-360 Thank you for your reflection; thought provoking as usual. I haven’t watched the video yet, but will do so. What I want to note here is that I agree (if I understand you correctly) — it’s impossible to separate our emotions from our spirituality, and then, still, to find a way to keep acting toward, leaning into conscious choices. Mary Pipher, in her excellent “The Green Boat” said: “Whatever categories we fall into, we all struggle with how to respond appropriately and still be happy. To stay present with the truth and its implications would feel like keeping our hand on a hot stove all the time. In real life almost all of us land in a category that could be called ‘riddled with contradictions’.”

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Comment on Switching the Bubbles by Ruth http://inscendence.com/switching-the-bubbles/#comment-359 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:56:48 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1404#comment-359 Yes. I had the sense there was a lot going on beneath the surface that was intentional. He created lots of space and a collaborative atmosphere, which I’m sure is part of what he would call “culture repair”.

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Comment on Switching the Bubbles by Kiri http://inscendence.com/switching-the-bubbles/#comment-358 Sun, 08 Nov 2015 03:54:11 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1404#comment-358 I did! I particularly enjoyed witnessing his teaching style, the way he gave us tools to generate knowledge and stories to illustrate what’s possible. Not bombarding us with information.

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Comment on Switching the Bubbles by Ruth http://inscendence.com/switching-the-bubbles/#comment-357 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 01:27:30 +0000 http://inscendence.com/?p=1404#comment-357 What a beautiful reflection. I have sometimes experienced a deep, open awareness with other people. But I also wonder if it’s possible to maintain that in everyday life.

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