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A Life Worth Living!

For too long we've been swamped by way too much 'stuff' that lacks depth, substance, meaning. Quantity has almost completely replaced quality in our lives. It's as if we exist on a diet of the cheapest mass-produced white bread and starve for homemade multi-grain organic bread made by a nurturing loved-one. Cheap bread may never go moldy on the store shelf, but it lacks any form of nourishment - the dead product another heartless business venture. It doesn't matter that it's cheap enough for anyone to buy in large quantities - one times zero, and twenty times zero, both = zero!

The most central issue in life is meaning: Most people, including atheists like Sam Harris, are again recognizing the importance of spirituality as the gateway to a deeply-meaningful, worthwhile life:

Rachel Naomi Remen is a well-known pediatrician, deeply concerned with quality of life:

"The most important thing in defining spirit is the recognition that spirit is an essential need of human nature. There is something in all of us that seeks the spiritual. This yearning varies in strength from person to person, but it is always there in everyone.

Spiritual is not the religious. A religion is a dogma, a set of beliefs about the spiritual and a set of practices which arise out of those beliefs. There are many religions and they tend to be mutually exclusive. Every religion tends to think that it has 'dibs' on the spiritual - that it's ‘The Way’.

Yet the spiritual is inclusive. It is the deepest sense of belonging and participation. We all participate in the spiritual at all times, whether we know it or not. There's no place to go to be separated from the spiritual, so perhaps one might say that the spiritual is that realm of human experience which religion attempts to connect us to through dogma and practice. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it fails. Religion is a bridge to the spiritual - but the spiritual lies beyond religion. Unfortunately in seeking the spiritual we may be come attached to the bridge rather than crossing over it." Rachel Naomi Remen

Flying over Grand-Pre, Nova Scotia

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