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March 30, 2015

Reflection for the Week- March 30th, 2015

The persistent voice telling us that we’re out of sync, not doing enough, not doing enough, all too easily slips into a mantra, whose continuity is hard to break. Being obsessed with false shame and guilt is a corrosive enterprise. These feelings, however, should not go unchecked. In calling them into question is important is to consider a trust and suspicion dialogue that will help us discern a truer picture of who we really are. The goal then is not to recover, but to embrace a new identity and new practices related to the gift of a gracious portrayal of ourselves from the Divine One.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 23, 2015

Reflection for the Week- March 23rd, 2015

Our question marks ??? in life will probably never entirely disappear. The persistent battles within ourselves about what is “real” are unlikely to diminish. Don’t worry. That’s ok. There is bound to be “more” to our stories and experiences than a concept of “proof” can bear. Demanding either a “yes” or a “no,” a complete resolution, tends to lead us astray from the crucial reality of trust. But, of course, what and who to trust has to have some criteria – lines of appeal – to merit our trust, otherwise it would be downright foolishness. None of us should buy into folly, yet we do want to admit that life is complex and therefore escapes our being able to put it into a neat and tidy little box that we slip into our pockets and call a done deal.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 16, 2015

Reflection for the Week- March 16th, 2015

My Living Spiritual Rhythms books attempt to create community - a sort of mini-project concerned with “people and place,” and an embrace of a redemptive life from God, and then living it towards the other, the self, the land, and home. This multi-faceted purpose carries with it an impulse for love that should flow out from us into the wider world. That is, people in the Rhythms community are not intended to stay there, but to learn to live a certain kind of life and then take something of that with them, wherever they go.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 09, 2015

Reflection for the Week- March 9th, 2015

One of the emblematic notions of being a self is that we are “interpreters ‘of’ - ourselves, others, texts, the world, and God” and “interpreted ‘by’ - ourselves, others, texts, the world, and God.” This significant doubled identity marker is monumental, though it often goes unrecognized and in doing so thereby distorts a deeper understanding of “who” we real-ly are.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 02, 2015

Reflection for the Week- March 2nd, 2015

The paradoxical relation and distinction between guilt and debt plumbs the depths of forgiveness. True guilt is mine and remains mine, but my debt can be paid by another on my behalf, which results in release. Since I’m mired in degrees of inauthenticity and therefore robbed of the capacity to consistently act for the good of self, others, and institutions, I need an Authentic One to “recalibrate” my life, “lighten” my burden, and “open” a vein of trust. When that happens, I can hopefully and more reliably navigate my way through towards fresh expressions of integrity, justice, and love.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery