Have you ever wondered how far removed we are from the animal kingdom? I have this discussion with my vet every so often in regard to my cats. We discuss the fact that cats have not been domesticated as long as dogs and every so often their natural instincts play out. I began thinking about we as humans and our nature connection.
This afternoon I went to speak with the Rabbi at one of the local synagogues. Having been raised Jewish I had some questions about where I feel I fit in the religious community. As I move forward in my Doctor of Ministry degree I am exposed to many religions, faiths and spiritual concepts. Having practiced only one faith I’m more inclined to be intrigued by others…it’s not like I’m looking to convert; I’m just looking for answers to those “what is the meaning of life” questions.
I’m currently reading the translation of Teresa of Avila’s “The Inner Castle”, a great woman, but obviously not Jewish. The Rabbi commented that as a faith Jews are community based. The Jewish faith is not a monastic tradition. It was one of those Aha moments. I’ve read lots about monastic traditions and although appealing, especially when things get crazy, I’m a community based person.
So what am I trying to say? I want you to consider how you practice your religion or spirituality best. Do you feel more in line with a solitary tradition or do are you more suited to a community/group based practice. I find comfort in praying with others. I feel energetic when I’m surrounded by the energy of others. I feel part of something larger than myself when I am in the company of like -minded others.
This is important for our lives and pilgrims because it will impact your healing process. If sitting alone and meditating works for you then that’s you’re chosen healing process. If sitting on a pew in a church, praying the rosary, then that’s how you’ll heal best. We all have a primary mode of connection both with people and with our God or whatever your spiritual source.
Know thyself and aid in your own healing process.