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My Universe & GOD

A contemplation

 The universe is not a tragic expression of meaningless chaos, but a marvelous display of an orderly cosmos. —Martin Luther King, Jr. [1]

Dr. Barbara Holmes suggests that the emerging story of the universe might have the power to actually heal:

From the intersection of theology, cosmology, physics, and culture emerges a view of human life that is not divided neatly along categories of race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. Instead, human life on quantum and cosmic levels evinces a oneness that is not dependent on religious hope or social plan. It is an intrinsic element of a universe that is both staggering and healing in its human/divine scope. [2]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, says, “Our molecules are traceable to stars that exploded and spread these elements across the galaxy.” He explains:

[If you] see the universe as something you participate in—as this great unfolding of a cosmic story—that, I think should make you feel large, not small. . . . You will never find people who truly grasp the cosmic perspective . . . leading nations into battle. . . . When you have a cosmic perspective there’s this little speck called Earth and you say, “You're going to what? You’re on this side of a line in the sand and you want to kill people for what? Oh, to pull oil out of the ground, what? WHAT?” . . . Not enough people in this world, I think, carry a cosmic perspective with them. It could be life-changing. [3]

Science reveals that everything is both matter and energy or spirit, co-inhering as one. This is a Christocentric universe. That realization changes everything. Matter is holy; the material world is our temple where we can worship God simply by loving and respecting matter. The Christ is God’s active power inside the physical world. [4]

How might we begin to experience this cosmic or universal perspective? We might begin by looking to the sky. Here are a few ways to practice growing this cosmic consciousness.

Find a place where you can sit or lie down with a view of a clear night sky. Just look up and let your eyes open to the vastness before you. Notice the light you can see and travel in your imagination to the source of that light and even further. Lose yourself completely in the deep, mysterious, and unimaginably vast universe. [5]

Contemplate the size of the universe:

  • There are at least 200 billion galaxies in our universe.
     
  • There are at least 100-200 billion planets in our galaxy alone, the Milky Way.
     
  • That means there are at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (one septillion) planets in the universe.
     
  • And you are a part of it. . . .

Reflect on your life as a whole and consider Barbara Holmes’ words from earlier this week:

Solutions [in our desire for justice] may always be out of reach, but our chances of success are better when our efforts are invested with the humility that comes only with an inward and upward glance, for we are carrying our possibilities within the resonance of starborn and interconnected selves. [6]


 

[1] Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love (Harper & Row: 1963), 115.

[2] Barbara A. Holmes, Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View the World Differently (Bloomsbury T&T Clark: 2002, 1st edition), 11.

[3] “Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn't Make You Feel Small,” interview with WBUR News/NPR (February 27, 2014) https://www.wbur.org/npr/283443670/neil-degrasse-tyson-explains-why-the-cosmos-shouldnt-make-you-feel-small.

[4] Adapted from Richard Rohr, Christ, Cosmology, and Consciousness (Center for Action and Contemplation: 2010), MP3 download.

[5] If you live in a place where clear, dark skies are hard to find (or you don’t want to wait until nighttime), these images from the Hubble Space Telescope offer another view of space: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/archive/top100/.

[6] Barbara A. Holmes, Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View the World Differently (Trinity Press International: 2002), 172-173.

Image credit: Fish Magic (detail), Paul Klee, 1925, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation

From the Center for Action and Contemplation

Stories which influences

Ubuntu

Ubuntu

 

Let us see the story behind that name, an anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days. So he decided to play a little game with them. He managed to get candy from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket at the foot of a tree.

Then he called the children and suggested they play the game. When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself.

So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand ran together towards the tree. They all arrived at the same time divided up the candy, sat down and began to happily munch away.

The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves.

The children responded: “Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”

Ubuntu is a philosophy of African tribes that can be summed up as “I am what I am because of who we all are.”

Bishop Desmond Tutu gave this explanation in 2008 :

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality –
Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

This is the true spirit of human development and cause of human evolution. Ubuntu. Once again, we are proud to say Ubuntu, I am what I am because of who we all are.. This is not a story as such, but a feeling to be expressed.


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Shoe Giving

TOMS was founded on a simple idea: by buying a pair of shoes, you could help give shoes to children in need.

While traveling in Argentina, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie saw the hardships faced by children without shoes, which ranged from health risks to the inability to attend school. So, he started a company to do something about it.

Impact to date: 93 million+ pairs of shoes

Today, your purchases support our partnerships with organizations in 20 countries—including the US—that integrate need-specific TOMS shoes into larger education, health, and well-being initiatives.

That means the impact of your purchase goes beyond the shoes themselves—it can enable kids to attend school, play sports, and avoid health risks associated with inclement weather.

Our goals for shoe giving remain ambitious: by 2020, we aim to have given over 100 million pairs. Mr Blakes says

Go to the link be inspired by 

https://stories.toms.com/impact/ 

What a lovely hard hitting poem. ...please do read

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Sometimes in the dark of the night 

I visit my conscience  

To see if  it is still breathing 

For its dying a slow death

Every day.

When I pay for a meal in a fancy place 

An amount which is perhaps the monthly income 

Of the guard who holds the door open

And quickly I shrug away that thought

It dies a little 

When I buy vegetables from the vendor 

And his son "chhotu" smilingly weighs the potatoes 

Chhotu, a small child, who should be studying at school 

 I look the other way

It dies a little.

When I am decked up in a designer dress

A dress that cost a bomb 

And I see a woman at the crossing

In tatters,trying unsuccessfully to save her dignity 

And I immediately  roll up my window

It dies a little 

When I buy expensive gifts for my children 

On return,  I see half clad children 

With empty stomach and hungry eyes 

Selling toys at red light 

I try to salve my conscience by buying some, yet

It dies a little 

When my sick  maid sends her daughter to work 

Making her bunk school 

I know I should tell her to go back 

But I look at the loaded sink and dirty dishes 

And I tell myself that is just for a couple of days 

It dies a little 

When I hear about a rape

or a murder of a child,

I feel sad, yet a little thankful that it's not my child

I can not  look at myself  in the mirror

It dies a little 

When people fight over caste creed and religion

I feel hurt and helpless

I tell  myself that my country is going to the dogs

I blame the corrupt politicians 

Absolving myself of all responsibilities 

It dies a little 

When my city is choked

Breathing is dangerous  in the smog ridden metropolis

I take my car to work daily 

Not taking  the metro,not trying car pool 

One car won't make a difference, I think 

It dies a little 

So when in the dark of the night

I visit my conscience 

And find it still breathing 

I am surprised 

For, with my own hands 

Daily, bit by bit, I kill it, I bury it.