I've fallen in love with the idea of living.
-- Shirley Valentine
Finding Your Inner Zorba,
Your Hidden Shirley
The coming of spring is an invitation
to fall in love with the idea of living.
It's God's commandment to Enjoy.
The Practice of Zeal
Da Doo Ron Ron and
Many of us have times when we feel that we have not yet lived our lives. In open and relational (process) theology, this very feeling can be an opening for spiritual growth. God is not a dictator beyond us, say process theologians, God is a poet within us She is also the indwelling Poet of the hills and rivers, the trees and the stars. Always this Poet is beckoning us to become as alive and attentive as we can be. In times of self-doubt or stagnation, our inner Poet invites us to claim our own lives, to fall in love with life itself. Thus we learn from Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat in Spiritual Rx: Prescriptions for Living a Meaningful Life. For them "spirituality" is the activity of becoming fully alive, fully human, and it has many forms. They offer an interfaith spiritual alphabet that identifies thirty seven modes of aliveness; see their Spiritual Rx Prescription Chart. Zeal is their name for falling in love with life. Spring is a time to remember the practice of zeal, falling in love with life itself. The Brussats remind us that Zorba the Greek and Shirley Valentine offer images of what this can be like, as does "To Life" in Fiddler on the Roof. Our vocation, among other things, is to find our inner Zorba, our hidden Shirley, our Fiddler waiting to be born, each in our way. Somewhere deep within the human breast there is a call, a plea, a yearning for us to say, to ourselves and to others: L'Chaim (To Life).
-- Jay McDaniel
-- Jay McDaniel