In a Time of Uncertainty,
Make Room for Gratitude
The United States has just been through one of the most tumultuous election seasons in decades. No matter how you feel about the outcome, the run-up to Election Day was unsettling and disturbing for me and many others I know.
Center for Spiritual Wisdom played a role before and after Nov. 8. The night before the election, we co-sponsored a non-partisan, interfaith community Prayer Service at Brevard College, attended by approximately 200 people. We sang hymns, reflected on the state of our nation, and prayed for all involved in and affected by the election. Later, I helped organize a community forum on Nov. 20 for those who were left broken-hearted by the election results. The Center played a leading role in these events because I do not want us to be disconnected from the hurts, hopes, needs and joys of real people in the real world. The Center teaches tools of transformation for the common good, which must encompass the cries of hurting people in a hurting world.
This many days after the election, what lingers is a lot of uncertainty about the future. I see this as a time to take a deep dive into the depths of our souls, where we can cultivate a spiritual foundation that will not be shaken when the winds of change threaten to bowl us over! One of the most amazing and helpful things I read after the election was this interview with Brother Phap Dung, a student and associate of the great Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. In the interview, Br. Phap Dung offers a wise, non-reactive response to the American election results from the standpoint of engaged contemplative spirituality — which is a good synonym for what we're trying to do at the Center.
Brother Phap Dung. Read his interview HERE.
I am grateful to be alive at a time when we can share wisdom from across different traditions. Although most of us at Center for Spiritual Wisdom identify with Christianity, we also value the truth, insights and wisdom that flow from other great spiritual traditions.
I am also tremendously grateful for the many gifts we have received at the start of our Go Fund Me campaign. The goal of the campaign is to create a foundation for the Center's financial well-being in 2017. Although we're just getting started, we have 5% of our goal already pledged. If you have not yet taken the opportunity, CLICK HERE to read a brief statement about the campaign. Please consider supporting the cause!
May your holiday season be a time of gratitude and peace, even as we recognize the uncertainty and anxiety around us.