I’m really looking forward to the next godswap. The countdown begins! Three more left for this year. Next week we will be talking about “personal development”. This can be following a long standing tradition or figuring out your own. A lot of people may find that their path is a combination of the 2. I’ve been really trying to expand my awareness to find another path to develop, but I guess I may just have to wait and see what shows up.
When I think of existing traditions, there is so much to respect in the fact that the practices have existed so much longer than I myself have. Personally, I have a short attention span and would find it really hard to commit to something of that nature. Observing others taking to it, makes me more aware of the beauty of our differences. We can all have a spiritual path, it’s just unlikely that every path will suit everyone.
When I think of creating a path I get excited! I think of the people I know who are just doing their best to find things they love and come closer to them. In its simplest form I don’t see a spiritual/inspirational path as being much different than that. People really passionate about whatever it is that they do may not even think about it in terms of being a spiritual practice.
I find it’s often the case, people need only to be asked and they can see things that were there, but went unnoticed. Over the summer I was talking to a kid in the desert (you know, like you do…). He was happy to put into words that his religion is fun and play. He really enjoys consciously putting play and fun into the world. He believes it makes the world a better place to live in and adds unquantifiable meaning to his life. He participates in “flashmobs”. Events that coordinate people into silly, fun, sometimes political, sometimes for no reason at all, displays of play. You can often find him and his friends doing dance numbers in big box stores, sending grown people down steep hills riding big wheels, having pillow fights in the streets, and really making excellent use of marching bands, bright colors, clown make-up, and unusual fabric textures. If you see them out, play along, it’s pretty sweet!
Have you created your own path? Would you like to share a path handed down to you or adopted from another culture?
Come join us.
Monday October 4th, 2010
2519 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
Would you be interested in hosting your own godswap? Want to get your friends together and deepen your understanding of one another? Please email me a firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking to start having these events hosted in new venues, maybe your church, gym, or local dive bar.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to offer comments and suggestions in the comment section below.
The god(s) in me honor the god(s) in you. Let’s go play.