2020 has been a year of metamorphosis for humanity.
For millions, the puzzle pieces of their life have become jumbled amid the 2020 pandemic.
For some, the picture they had of their life, envisioned on the puzzle box cover, is no longer recognizable. A new image may be needed to help to fit these disunited parts back together into a new whole.
Everything from politics… to employment… to personal relationships has been shaken, rattled and rolled so that what remains can hopefully rest upon a firmer foundation.
True spiritual direction is needed. Thankfully, today wisdom traditions are gradually converging to form a beautiful spiritual tapestry which reflects unity on the essentials, diversity on the non-essentials, and love in all things.
In my second half of life I’ve increasingly concluded that all spirituality boils down to one simple truism; “Love God, Love Your Neighbor”. This universal “Golden Rule” serves as the practical foundation of every wisdom tradition on earth.
We each are a unique embodiment of this Love. If we can simply discover how to stay plugged into the Source of this Pure Love, our life could suddenly become more joy-full, peace-full and bliss-full.
This year I decided to invest a portion of my spare time into to publishing my first book: Blissfull Books & Ballads: Heart-Stirring Reviews & Songs Inspired By Classic Spiritual Books (Paperback: $7.95, E-Pub: $5.95, 11/20, Idea Factory Press).
Blissfull Books & Ballads features reviews of ten classic spiritual books written by very wise authors representing several spiritual traditions. Here is a sample quote from each author…
~ “Natural loves ultimate power lies their ability to prepare us for agape love.”
-C. S. Lewis, THE FOUR LOVES
~ “Death is not tragic, but rather the final stage of transformational growth.”
-Cathleen Dowling Singh, THE GRACE IN DYING
~ “The Third Way is the contemplative gift of holding the tension of opposites.” -Richard Rohr, EVERYTHING BELONGS
~ “When we look for truth in others we can understand our own truth better.”
-Barbara Brown Taylor, HOLY ENVY
~ “Life’s hardest spiritual choice: To trust or not trust in God’s all-forgiving love.” -Henri Nouwen, THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON
~ “As Sermon on the Mount people, we work for justice, peace and nonviolence.” -John Dear, THE BEATITUDES OF PEACE
~ “Being human means embracing our brokenness as an integral part of life.”
-Parker J. Palmer, ON THE BRINK OF EVERYTHING
~ “A mystic is precisely one who sees things in wholes and not just in parts.”
-Richard Rohr/Mike Morrell, THE DIVINE DANCE
~ “Christ continually calls to join him seeing the God in everyone and everything.” -James Finley, CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
~ Resilience is not bouncing back, but healthy integration of pain and suffering.” -Eric Greitens, RESILIENCE
Imagine what you might learn by tapping into over 500 years of combined wisdom — and hundreds of spiritual and practical truisms — all in one concise 110-page book!
In addition to combining these transformational book reviews, I also felt inspired to compose a song which further distills the essential truths extracted from each book author, which will be available on a companion audio CD (Blissfull Ballads) by Christmas 2020 ($5.95, 1/21, Idea Factory Press). Here is a sample mp3 from the upcoming CD, inspired by Richard Rohr’s classic book Everything Belongs.
The goal of these educational resources is to help readers and listeners embrace 2021 with a fresh, hope-filled re-visioning of their life… and our world… and to open new doors of growth by studying these authors and their inspiring books.
My gift to YOU this holiday season: A FREE PDF of Blissfull Books & Ballads which can be downloaded at THIS LINK. If you find this book helpful, please drop my a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With much gratitude… dmb