Can and should spiritual teachings and philosophies be integrated and taught in conjunction with technology in a sacred way?
Well, I AM using technology as a medium to share my own spiritual awakening and to fulfill a divine task before me. I have used technology to further my knowledge and love of self. I and everyone can attend a favorite spiritual center from home. This proves to be especially helpful for less mobile citizens, and others who may not have flexibility to go to a specified location at a specified time. Technology can be an efficient way to buy a product or hire someone for a job. Technology assists and provides quality of life for many who live with different abilities and needs.
The answer must be "Yes!" Technology and Spirituality can be and should be integrated and taught together in a sacred way. Some people believe Spirituality and Technology are one in the same.
While technology can be misused and overused - just like anything else under the sun. I believe we, humanity, are here relying on technology to extract information from the universe, to share with others and to connect, and we therefore, must vow to integrate it, in its many forms into our lives with purpose and with an open mind.
How do we go about talking about technology with our children in an elevated way that addresses potential problem areas, such as diminished communication or socializing skills stemming from "overuse"? How do we listen and learn and implement our children's ideas about technology? How can we evolve technology and its use in a way that promotes sustainability and preservation of our Earth's environment? What special projects could educators offer? What types of technology are needed in every community?
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Today I stayed home from work to take care of myself. Just when things are going so well: I love my work with children, I am getting my debt way down, I am strategizing to improve my relationships, among other divine work - my back starts aching and I feel like my world is shattered in painful shards and pieces.
I cried out some of the pain though my tears for about 15 minutes or more in my hot bath, soaking and saying to myself "This too shall pass!"
Amidst the pain so unbearable I couldn't even put my hair up in ponytail to keep it out of the water, I let my wavy locks soak up the salt water and I breath and cry.
I am so pleased!
Look a here... I am writing for our blog!
Time has passed. Ups and Downs. Joys and Sorrows. Confusion and Answers.
I am writing. Something wonderful comes from something so frustrating.
There is so much to write about and this is the perfect start.
Thank you, Love.
What would I like to see happen?
What must I do to make this happen?
What must I release for this to happen?
What are my first three steps to make this happen?
Thank you God for this new day to create whatever I wish.
I enjoyed Snoop's play "Redemption of a Dogg".
What I gathered about the experience is that we are gifted with the ability to evolve and experience life in its many forms.
One can be a gangster, a rapper, a parent, a spouse, a friend and a preacher, all in a lifetime.
That is all.
What is "pain"?
Pain hurts and causes suffering. Physical. Mental. Spiritual.
Dis-ease, the state of not being balanced causes pain. Injury causes pain.
Let us think about the pain that may not come up first in one's mind - Spiritual pain.
Spirit is energy. When blockages in energy occur, pain surfaces. The brain registers that something is out of balance.
Be still and feel your wholeness.
Answers for healing will surface.
Earlier this year, my acupuncturist attributed the pain on the left side of my ribs to anger. She suggested that my spleen was absorbing unresolved anger thus creating pain. Interestingly enough, I couldn't think of a source of anger. I had resolved and dissipated some unproductive energies (relationships, clutter and old thoughts) and felt carefree.
Nonetheless, I had this pain. That day on the table and with acupuncture pins protruding outward, I was supposed to be in a mellow state of calm while my energy flow provided me with healing... and then, it occurred to me: "Yes, I have been angry!" I was angry at my little dog Bella. Bella is an urban indoor dog. We get out in nature regularly but we are apartment dwellers and do not have access to a backyard. Bella and Appa, her sister are both eight years old and have been "potty trained" for years. I keep a doggy "pee" pad in the bathroom for their use, and I take them out at least twice a day to do their 'business" and to get exercise.
This is the funny (not really) part. Bella pees on the edge of the pad. She goes to the right location in the bathroom but for some reason she won't aim in the middle of the pad. This halfway messes up a good pee pad and provides a mess on the floor and sometimes on my white rug. I don't have time for this! Aarg! "BELLA! DO YOUR BUSINESS HERE!!!!" I would yell pointing to the pad while she hangs her head down looking at my finger and her mess. I'd yell this at her several times a week. I try and try to show her where to go, and to this very day she continues to pee halfway. Oooo! The frustration!
Since discovering the source of my anger, I stopped making a big deal out of this small thing and the pain has not returned. I stopped yelling at Bella. I thank God for millions of cleaning choices and I also learned that feeding my doggies once in the evening helps controls their urges to urinate during the day. I keep our outdoor/walking schedule consistent and manage the times they have to actually use the pad indoors. It helps, but occasionally, Bella halfway pees on my floor or carpet.
This morning, bright and early before I could put on my walking shoes, Bella potties on the pad. She pees right in the middle of the pad! "YAY! BELLA! Good job! LOOK! You did it!" Oh, the Joy! I give her lots of hugs and kisses.
She wags her tail happily and wildly and comes to nuzzle my check - making the start of my day simply beautiful.
Today, I celebrate the win. For me and for Bella.
Birthdays are interesting. For many of us growing up as children, we couldn't wait to get older. In retrospect, this was probably due to some unexpressed part of ourselves as we yearned to do something our parents wouldn't allow us to do.
As we live to see more and more moon cycles - months pass, years, and decades, we somehow start yearning for the return of our youth.
The painful irony of it all can be unpalatable, unless....
In this moment we realize the beauty of all the cycles we have experienced,
and more importantly:
Keep on Cycling!
Cycle Around in Joy!
The moon still waxes and wanes. Planet Earth still rotates around the sun. Seasons creep in and out without fail and nature provides beautiful shows of blossoms and rain and hatching birds.
Babies are born and miraculous start communicating in adult ways.
Money divinely circulates in and out as we create and release a myriad of ideas, and thus material wealth.
Health keeps us Whole and Strong.
Wisdom grows like unruly vines tamed on a gorgeous trellis of experience to be shared with others.
A beautiful song and dance of realizations and changes is gifted to us.
Cycle Around in Joy!
As you move into closeness with God, have you found yourself appreciating more and more of the "smaller" things? It's Divine to suddenly see the Divine in all animals, plant life, and even insects! Insects are filled with God's life-giving energy. Of course, some of those little critters are more pesky than others, and it takes a little more understanding and realization of wholeness to appreciate them.
Traditional African and Asian storytelling may be shared in a non-linear fashion. The storyteller starts at a point and proceeds on a journey that takes twists and turns and might even seem to wander from that point. Ultimately, the journey circles around and reaches the beginning, thus providing a rich and thoughtful voyage of vivid imagery around the world. I call this going "full circle".
My mother and grandmother used to lecture and have regular conversations with me in this whimsy fashion. It was to provide me with life-long lessons in a way that wouldn't pinpoint my wrong doings, but rather provide me with little pockets of wisdom to carry with me throughout my lifetime. As an antsy child with no time or patience for long winded lessons, I would huff and puff and sigh and wonder what in the world they were trying to say.... aaaah - the ignorant bliss of youth.
Going "full circle" is a strategy that may be practiced to achieve the most effective communication experience when dialoguing or discussing provocative topics with another person. It may prove to be refreshing and liberating for it gently sits remnants of ego in the corner. It requires the individuals who are speaking to complete the conversation although the intensity may pick up and any conceivable conclusion or lesson appears to borderline on futility.
What does "Going Full Circle" look like?
Listening intently without forming a line-up of questions or defensives is key. We are individual and unique creations of the Divine, so naturally we have differing perspectives. This is a blessing. I find that people, even more long-winded individuals eventually have an ending point. Hear the other side. Validate your fellow speaker's view. Ask if they are interested in another perspective before actually interjecting. This requires patience and humility. After interjecting, ask "how do you feel about that" or "what do you think"? Listen to the response. The goal is to dialogue back and forth until the conversation feels complete.
You may be pleasantly surprised how individuals with whom you had a rocky conversational past seem to flow with you in new, exciting and stimulating conversations together.
Ultimately, we all want to express our love.
We can demonstrate how important our friends and family members are by challenging ourselves to "Go the Full Circle".
Friend. It is bound to happen. Life will be going along just fine with many miles traveled behind you - experiences and lessons learned, few bumps in the road, lots of beautiful sights yet to see and then: "Kabooey!". A pot hole, an unexpected detour, or some other road hazard shows up to roughen up the course.
The "Kabooey" part doesn't necessarily have to be life shattering. The 'Kabooey" part could just be and usually is friction with another person - loved-one, friend, co-worker and sometimes even a stranger who pops up along the way. "Friction" stemming from differing perspectives and opinions show up.
The Soul, however, the Authentic Self of a human person knows no discord. The Soul is God.
Rev. Renee' Ramcharitar, B.Msc., is a "Whole"istic Spiritual Coach and Teacher. She considers herself a "wildflower", one thrives and shows up to express herself in interesting ways - "between the cracks".