The #Spiritchat discussion on Feb 12th discussed the subject of Nature and the Spirit. We scratched the surface of how Nature influences us internally and externally. One thread that emerged from the discussion was about the resilience of Nature. We take a lot of events in Nature for granted, but the simplest of acts – the grass that seems to die in the winter and grows back in the spring – is but one example of resilience.
As humans, we are great storehouses of resilience too. I believe we are born resilient – that is nature’s way of making us survive the greatest challenges of our infant years. However, as we grow older, when surrounded by challenges, we sometimes tend to forget this fundamental aspect of our inner nature or spirit. One way of looking at challenges is that they perhaps serve as reminders to us – to tap into our inner resilience, to rediscover it and to grow it.
Our spirit is a being of a nature quite indestructible and its activity continues from eternity to eternity. It is like the sun, which seems to set only to our earthly eyes, but which, in reality, never sets, but shines on unceasingly.
– J. W. von Goethe (1749-1832)
Over the past few months, I have gotten to know a few of you over our social media and personal interactions. A community of wonderful people has emerged that love to engage, interact and support each other. These interactions, whether online or offline, have built a sense of camaraderie that can hopefully turn into a store of resilience that we can all tap into as time goes on. So, community is one source of resilience.
What other sources of resilience can you think of? Do you tap into these sources on a regular basis – or do you tend to depend mostly on your own internal sources of resilience? How is resilience connected to spiritual growth? Are there any specific techniques to grow our inner resilience?
I invite you to join us in our weekly #SpiritChat (now in its 7th month!) to discuss the “Spirit of Resilience”. Yes, we will talk about these questions – but more importantly, we will renew our bonds of community and grow our camaraderie 🙂 – Sunday, 9am ET / 2pm GMT.
Stay strong. Be flexible. Be resilient.
Host – Weekly #SpiritChat
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