My search for a topic for the weekly chat usually begins around the middle of every week. During most weeks, the topic that I have picked out on Wednesday or Thursday is rarely the final topic that I pick on Friday evening or Saturday. The process of picking the topic isn’t exactly cerebral — it is an amorphous, heart-energy driven act of deep listening. This week was no different. By Friday evening, the topic had gone from ‘welcoming traditions’ on Wednesday to ‘remembrance’ on Thursday to something related to Memorial Day’ on Friday evening.
Saturday morning’s meditation happened to be filled with the ‘Memorial Day’ thought-parade. This mental chatter is actually predictable every week, particularly If I don’t write the weekly cover post by Friday night before bed. Today’s thought-stream was filled with suggestions and questions about how to frame the Sunday conversation. As I emerged from the ‘meditation’ that really wasn’t that still or silent, I noted down the questions that had flowed to me. And then, as I sat outside with my tea, I was prompted to try something different in lieu of the usual weekly blog post.
I decided to share the questions about ‘Living Memorials’ that came to me during the morning meditation. I don’t believe I have ever shared potential chat questions in the weekly blog post on the Saturday before the live chat on Sundays. And yet, I thought — why not? Maybe it would inspire folks to reflect a bit more deeply about this special Sunday in the USA. Maybe it would inspire them to write and share a blog post of their own, or privately journal about the idea of a “Living Memorial” over the weekend. Maybe it would take the pressure off of those who valiantly try to keep track of, and try to answer every question during the live chat!
So, without further do, here goes. On Living Memorials. Some questions for you. They are in no particular order other than ’stream of awareness’. I invite you to sit with them.
- What is the best memorial we can build to our spiritual inheritance? Our spiritual teachers?
- How can we truly live in memoriam of those who have nurtured us in life so far?
- Is it possible to build a living memorial to honor the forgotten? Why or why not?
- Memorials which hold great importance to us often create a great sense of attachment. What is the psychological, emotional, spiritual impact of memorials?
- ￼Public and private memorials. What are the similarities and differences in the creating, the living of each one.
- If and when they look upon how we lived — what would their memorial to us say about our legacy….
- Physical memorials have been built by mankind for centuries. Why may this be so?
- Some memorials are expressions of gratitude for those who sacrificed. Others are remembrances of those who perished… How can we best honor both in our daily actions?
- The greatest acts of remembrance are done by those who ______ for those who _____
- What kind of memorial, if any, could be ‘constructed’ about humanity’s response to the current pandemic? Should there even be one? Why?
I hope you will take one or more questions and do a deep dive into the answer. Maybe the answer will change color with every sunrise and sunset over the next few days. I invite you to share some of your answers — either in the live chat Sunday at 9amET in #SpiritChat or through any other medium you choose to share in. If you have questions to share about the subject, I welcome them too.
Namaste, and Stay Safe!
Nature is a living memorial to life and all that sustains it…
Gary Gruber (@garyrgruber) said:
Wow! Thanks! You kicked start my mind into thinking about examples of living memorials, memorials that are “alive” with meaning and that do not die over time.
My first question will probably be, “What is a living memorial?” and another, “How do our memories get passed from one generation to the next in order to not forget?” That is what remember means, to not forget. The origin of the word “remember” is of interest: https://www.etymonline.com/word/remember
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Yes. You ask a good first question… and an even better second one… how do our memories get passed down the generations so that they aren’t forgotten? Is it through stories? Through our living history? And what about the “soul’s memory”?