Richard Rohr calls the Serenity Prayer the a…

Richard Rohr calls the Serenity Prayer the/a gateway to silence;

Gateway to Silence:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and
the wisdom to know the difference.

Another view on reducing the small self or…

Another view on reducing the small self or ego as a means to successfully facing death;

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly container is not that big a deal… “ Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

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Letting Go – How Far Can It Take You?
Teaching by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes ​- http://www.contemplative.org/audio.html​

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly container is not that big a deal… “

Letting go – how far can it take you? This the question Cynthia Bourgeault poses and explores
in an analysis of the journey which we begin at birth and continue to the death of the body.
Drawing particularly from Helen Luke’s book Old Age: Journey into Simplicity as well as John S.
Donne’s Four Consents, Cynthia offers a transformative alternative to the North American
obsession with staying young, fearing aging, and denying death. As we practice letting go of our
attachments we discover that all is tenderly held in God’s love and in wholeness. The welcoming
practice, another tool of transformation, is also discussed.

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you
die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption
for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact
with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and
downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you
can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of
your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly
container is not that big a deal… “ Disc 1, track 2
Disc One (75:40)
Track 1 — Standing naked without blaming (13:28)
Track 2 — Dying before you die and the divine fragrance (9:35)
Track 3 — Dying to self-will (3:15)
Track 4 — Dying to egoic self (13:40)
Track 5 — Dying to survival (17:13)
Track 6 — The classic spiritual journey and the findings of neuroscience (18:16)

Disc Two (52:36)
Track 1 — Inner surrender and outer strength (3:57)
Track 2 — Confidence in the now (1:32)
Track 3 — Neurotic vs. conscious suffering (15:08)
Track 4 — Accepting conscious suffering (6:16)
Track 5 — Introducing the Welcoming Practice (3:32)
Track 6 — The Welcoming Practice: Steps 1 and 2 (12:20)
Track 7 — The Welcoming Practice: Step 3 (9:51)

Disc Three (67:40)
Track 1 — The last task (4:27)
Track 2 — The four consents (8:13)
Track 3 — Growing into old age (11:57)
Track 4 — Accepting the constrictions of aging (8:30)
Track 5 — Resignation vs. consent (6:36)
Track 6 — Mapping the journey of conscious consent (6:45)
Track 7 — Suffering as a condition of love (4:59)
Track 8 — The dance of self-emptying love (5:48)
Track 9 — Substituted love (4:27)
Track 10 — Atonement and the mystery of Jesus’ death (5:58)

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A very effective way to become conscious…

“A very effective way to become conscious of Being is simply to take the focus of your attention away from thinking and direct it into the body, where Being can be felt as the invisible energy field that gives life to what you perceive as the physical body.”

“Who is it that is aware of the fleetingness of your physical and psychological form? I Am. This is the deeper “I” that has nothing to do with past and future.”

“Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now