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athgarvan

COPING WITH CHANGE

Even now in my old age I seem to be called to cope with more and more changes in my spiritual life and in modern society around me. Are these two things connected? Must my traditional style of spiritual life always adapt itself to modern changes in society?
Changes, of course, are never far from us, I suppose: relocating to a new city, having a best friend move away, the death of a relative, the loss of a job. Even good and beneficial changes can be stressful e.g. getting a new job or reaching retirement. Change is seldom easy.

I find that when I'm feeling uncomfortable with a particular change it helps to try to acknowledge it and listen to my emotions about it. The trouble is that I'm living with five other people whose attitude to a particular change in community living may not be the same as mine.

Most people can handle a certain amount of change. The problem is, we are increasingly being overloaded with more change than we can handle. The pace of life is speeding up, we are busier than ever, life is more complicated, families and religious communities are structured, and function, differently, “traditional” beliefs and values are being challenged left, right, and centre, our sense of community is disappearing, and the world is shrinking so fast because of advances in technology and we are now treading on uncharted ground.

Religion has been eroding in much of the Western world. Many of the assumptions underlying traditional systems of faith have changed. As a result, religion has lost a lot of its authority, and many people no longer hold to any system of ethics and concrete values. In its place is a secular view where everything is relative. This has upset moral structures and devastated traditions. 'Freedom' is the in concept.

We now live in a society where just about anything goes and nothing is certain. We see a tolerance and acceptance of promiscuity, adultery, couples living together outside of wedlock, homosexual relationships, lying, cheating, alcohol and drug abuse, the constant use of indiscreet and explicit language that society has grown used to.

Is it all too much to cope with?

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I'm not a Christian... b ut i find this very commforting...impermanence is one of the essential doctrines or three marks of existence in Buddhism. The term expresses the Buddhist notion that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, or in a constant state of flux. It's best to try and let go of resistance and go with the flow. *hugs*
Yes, I am beginning to understand more clearly that we are, each one of us, being drawn by the constant mystery that we call God and this is challenging. The move towards Mystery is always challenging and demands constant change and growth in our understanding of God and of the Universe, and of ourselves.

(Anonymous)

The pace of change and values being turned upside down is indeed hard to cope with at times.
Especially as we grow older but, perhaps, not wiser.
Jesus preached one god. The people's thoughts about gods were asked to believe in one god. Change is inevitable in evergything.
Indeed. The earliest Church, as we see in Mark 15:39, saw the Crucifixion of Christ (our salvation) as the important thing.

Later, Matthew and Luke stressed the importance of the Incarnation (Christ becoming man).

Like John, we are learning only now that we must find God in the mystery of Creation and, hence, the importance of the Universe as all-embracing.
change IS - it is the nature of all thing - the cycle of beginning and end - birth and death

we humans resist this - we want stability and permanence
humans create religion to give us that desired sense of stability

history shows it never really works
we fool ourselves to think that we have "found the answer" but it keeps slipping away

each of us must find our own sense of stability
some means work better than others

humans are constantly evolving
allowing for difference - for individuality - for Freedom - is a good thing

if one is a christian there are all the stories
God allows choice and freedom

but choice and freedom are not easy
i continue to be impressed at your willingness to confront and consider these things
Humans, of course, do create the rubrics and language of religion, but our relationship with God is a matter of Faith which is God-given but which must be constantly deepened by our efforts to enter into the Mystery that is God.
Mystery! Yes

the Moses and the burning bush pericope always sums it up for me

the concept that to know the name is to have power over - God lets Adam name the animals
Moses wants to know the name in the bush - to control the situation
and the bush tells him no - "i am who i am"

and so we are always trying to name the mystery
trying to define the experience - "God told me to take pen and write"

who was it who said, "our hearts are restless until they rest in thee"

but the thee is illusive - for some it /he/she becomes apparent and they embrace the experience or the knowledge

for others it in a never ending search on paths that do not give peace
and that, too, is a mystery

the light on the far shore that gleams - if only momentarily (Dover Beach)
Dear seaivy,

I'm having difficulty inserting a new post or photo. I seem to be stuck on HTML tab both for text and photos. Is the same happening to you as of last evening and today (Feb. 28th.)
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i don't want to be without you : )
Thank you.
That list of yours contains things which one could see as bad, but many that are not.

My faith has taught me to be accepting and tolerant of others and to go with the flow- that helps to deal with change- after all, there has been much change in my own life.

'But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.'
But does "love" eliminate "judgement" altogether?
Who am I to judge anyone?

Although I can try to love. :o)

I don't think I would be lumping "homosexual relationships" in the same basket as adultery. Homosexuality is hard-wired sexual attraction and has as much validity as heterosexual relationships. It is NOT a choice or a lifestyle, it is the reality of who that person(s) is physically attracted to in a physical and emotional way.

- Erulisse (one L)
homosexuality is lumped with other practices only recently openly spoken of in Ireland. The notion does take time to be comfortable with. It is a change.