March, 2022

This is a page holder for the pages that will be published during the month of March, 2022.

Fall Curve, Blue Ridge Park3ay 10/17/2011 — Near Linville Viaduct, North Carolina
We have rituals throughout each day
that establish a particular sequential arrangement
of acts and mechanisms 
to order and structure our time.

There are rituals and instruments
that we use to transition from sleeping 
to dressing
to eating
to stepping out of the house/apartment/etc.
into the world that awaits us that day.

As there are throughout the day
as we move from the various grouping
of rituals that break the day
into its component parts.

Our rituals order the day,
organize our life,
keep us on track,
so that we don't spend much time
wondering, "Here we are, now what?"
from rising to retiring.

Our orders of the day are sacred unto us,
and we would be quite lost without them,
and when vacations or illness
interrupt our orders of the day,
we notice their absense
and look forward to returning
to the comfort and consolation we draw from them.

We are ritually oriented.
Our life is composed of rituals.
We each have our magic little rites
for dressing and undressing
and moving from one moment to another
and from day to day.

As we take up the practice of 
transforming our relationship 
with ourselves
and getting to know The Other Within,
we would do well to create a set of rituals
for assisting us in an orderly and regular way
of creating an opening for The Other
to access us,
commune with us
and participate with us
in the work of living intentionally together
in doing what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises during the day.

The foundational elements of that work 
are the right kind of emptiness,
the right kind of stillness
and the right kind of silence.

What rituals and instruments facilitate 
the invocation and exhibition of those elements?
What practices might assist us in creating
a proper atmosphere for accessing The Other Within?
What setting would be conducive to the work?
Where might we create a sacred space for the work?

The rituals we formulate around The Meeting Of The Other
will set the time for that apart from the rest of our day,
and establish it as central to what happens in the rest of the day.
And will be ways we honor The Other
and present ourselves to Her/Him in a regular
and dependable way.
And create a foundation for the rest of our life.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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