support networks…

after participating in the second year of a fundraising event this past weekend, grown out of the desire to help a friend last year in his battle with cancer, i was reminded of the importance of friendship along this journey – the importance of community, or Sangha. here is a blog i wrote nearly two years ago on the subject in participation with some other blogging friends for what we called at that time – Solidarity Thursdays. peace ~j

The Metta Garden

Solidarity Thursday
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Today’s Solidarity Thursday blogging topic is “support networks”…which like most things for me, I see through a particularly spiritual lens. This is not to say that this lens is sans practicality. From my perspective spirituality is best when it is practical. It is not just sitting on a cushion or attending Sunday services. Spirituality IS feeding the poor, visiting the prisoner, working for peace, opening our door to our neighbor, and greeting the person working behind the counter with a smile and an open heart. It doesn’t seem to matter much if we can answer the big questions like – Why am I here? Is there life after death? Is there a God?” – if we are unable to feed the hungry next door, or properly take care of the earth, or even find peace in this moment. Perhaps they all go hand in…

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