Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a smattering of what I’m reading, listening to, learning, watching or pondering.
What I’m reading – Ken Wilber on Spiritual Growth: A Christian Perspective This is a technical research article so if you don’t want to swim in the deep water of research, leave this alone, or at least, just skim it. I am a devotee of James Fowler and his Stages of Faith. Wilber builds on Fowler and expands his stage theory to a cosmic scale. Fascinating.
What I’m watching – 12 hours of relaxing burning fireplace and crackling sounds. I admit that I am a little spoiled in my office. I have two monitors and a tv. On these (rare) cold days in Louisiana, I really enjoy watching and listening to a fire … albeit on YouTube.
Practicing ridiculous generosity: Behaving generously is a pathway to a richer, fuller life. Behaving generously opens our hearts and minds to the larger picture of gratitude, joy and living a peace-filled life. In the next several installments of Friday Focus, I will be offering “the week’s ridiculous generosity challenge.” If you don’t like the one I propose, feel free to create your own.
Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it: Offer to take a photo of a sweet couple in love. When you email it to them, send along a GiftBit gift certificate, too — for a bottle of wine, or a cup of coffee.
Join me on the fasting journey: Many of you know I am diving deep into the fasting lifestyle. Not just for weight loss; for emotional and spiritual benefit as well. (See last week’s Friday Focus to learn more). I am using The Life Intermittent Fasting app which allows you to track your progress on any fasting schedule since you’re able to set the start and end time and goals for how long you want to fast for. Feel free to join me on this app. I have created a Circle to stay connected and support one another along the journey.. The Circle that I have created is named: “Fasting For Wellness”
Quote I’m pondering – “St. Francis (of Assisi) never failed to keep himself occupied doing good: like the angels, Jacob saw on the ladder (cf GN 28:12), he was always busy, either raising his heart and mind to God in prayer or descending to his neighbor. He had learned how to distribute the time in which he could gain merit wisely; devoting part of it to his neighbor by doing good, and part to the restful ecstasy of contemplation.” ~ St. Bonaventure, Major Life (XIII:1)
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