This is not a time of mere change. This is a time of transformation, and transformation comes not out of scarcity but out of the context of possibility, responsibility, and sufficiency.~ Lynne Twist
I feel blessed the Spirit led me to this quote today, the first day of a new year. One thing I hope to do is more often speak in language that reflects spirituality. One of my purposes for starting this blog six years ago was to share about spirituality in a public place. Even after all this time, I still feel a little uncomfortable writing things like ‘feel blessed the Spirit led me to…’ But I don’t think it was random chance that I read the quote above.
If I want to be led by the Spirit, I need to create conditions for being able to hear what the Spirit is saying. I have to find the quiet that will create peace for listening. As a Quaker I am blessed to belong to a spiritual community which worships in silence together. This usually adds a depth to spiritual experience that is more than individual meditation or prayer.
I believe we are living in a time of spiritual poverty. At a time when spiritual guidance is what needed more than ever. To help us find a way through the chaos surrounding us.
What gives me hope for this new year is what I’ve been learning for the past year about Mutual Aid. I have been transformed. And I see how my accomplices have been transformed.
I have been discouraged by my inability to convince people of the evils of capitalism. Of course we in this country are immersed in a capitalist economy. Mutual Aid is the transformation needed now. With this new year, I pray to leave my discouragement, and listen to how the Spirit will guide us into this transformation.
The Greatfulness Team provides the following questions related to transformation. “May this collection of resources help to support you in welcoming the New Year with curiosity, humility, wholehearted courage, and a deepening appreciation of the transformative potential of these times.”
- What does transformation mean to you? What motivates you to learn, to grow, to continue deepening and expanding your experience of life and the world?
- What hopes and longings do you have for the coming year?
- Who do you want to be? How might gratefulness inform and support the ways in which you move into the year ahead?
- What visions do you have for the world? How might you take steps to realize these visions?
- How can we boldly step across the threshold of the unknown amidst the ongoing personal and collective challenges we face?
- What possibilities emerge when you open to transformation with a grateful heart?