Anam Cara Making sense of life

Written by Tony Cuckson

In Corrogue this Anam Cara or Soul Friend is coming to his senses.

This morning it is a wet and windy Sunday morning. Each Sunday morning is an extended morning of rest. It is a morning of practice. I practice slowly coming to my senses. It is a morning in which I practice deep caring forrepparttar body andrepparttar 122188 soul. This is a practice of awareness ofrepparttar 122189 sensationalism of life moment to moment.

We are beings ofrepparttar 122190 senses.

We make sense of our world viarepparttar 122191 senses. The senses are gateways. They keep us locked into a certain reality but they can berepparttar 122192 medium of freedom fromrepparttar 122193 limitation we call “our life.” For too long religion has labelledrepparttar 122194 senses as something “not quite nice.” For too long we have separated our senses as being something “not spiritual.” Many of our religions have donerepparttar 122195 same withrepparttar 122196 sensational experience we call sex.

As an Aman Cara I teach spirituality ofrepparttar 122197 senses. I teach what Van Morrison calls “A sense of wonder.” An Anam Cara teaches you to honourrepparttar 122198 sensuality and grace ofrepparttar 122199 body. They teach you to honour this grace by letting go “disgrace that is inherent in our social conditioning. Our nature isrepparttar 122200 nature of grace and notrepparttar 122201 illusion of disgrace. Our nature isrepparttar 122202 nature of beauty.

Coming to our senses is what I call, “The feeling way.”

Being attentive torepparttar 122203 senses allows life to be felt as sensational. We tend to see that which is sensational as being outside ourselves. We gather more and more sensational images in our newspapers, on our televisions and from other media forms. We ourselves do not enterrepparttar 122204 sensational. Thus we lock ourselves out of heaven. This heaven is this wonder called “life” inrepparttar 122205 eternal now.

We do not enterrepparttar 122206 sensational realisation that we arerepparttar 122207 “flow of life.”

We have become non-sensible people. We have become cerebral people. We try to “make sense.” We do not attune ourselves to being “able to sense.” This is not surprising. As children we felt sensational. We knew in ways we have forgotten.

We knew what we liked and did not like. We just did not haverepparttar 122208 words to explain. This was until we were told that trusting our senses was "not nice." It could mean that you toldrepparttar 122209 truth and God help us someone might then be offended. You might have known that Joe Bloggs was not safe to be around but you overrode this fact by being told that you were not “being nice.”

Thus your sensational body and its wondrous intelligence were swapped forrepparttar 122210 experience of “niceness in all things.” You tookrepparttar 122211 first steps away from trusting your “inner telling sense.” For most of usrepparttar 122212 experience of trusting ourselves was downhill from there on in.

An Anam Cara encourages you to return torepparttar 122213 wisdom ofrepparttar 122214 body andrepparttar 122215 senses. This isrepparttar 122216 whole body and not just fromrepparttar 122217 neck up. The Anam Cara values your sensitivity. They value trust in your sensitivity. The senses take you into a deeper appreciation of beauty than any cerebral description. The senses take you intorepparttar 122218 place ofrepparttar 122219 now. This isrepparttar 122220 only time you have to be alive. This isrepparttar 122221 only place where you can haverepparttar 122222 time of your life.

Developing sensitivity means trustingrepparttar 122223 wisdom ofrepparttar 122224 senses.

It means trustingrepparttar 122225 wisdom ofrepparttar 122226 body. It means trusting your inner knowing. This is your intuition and your inner teaching. It requiresrepparttar 122227 ability to feelrepparttar 122228 feelings that flow in, or are blocked in,repparttar 122229 body. These are all feelings. Thus you begin to perceive life inrepparttar 122230 body and not life inrepparttar 122231 head. Your body becomes a vehicle for seeingrepparttar 122232 real life beyond “thinking about” your life.

Coming to your senses makes you more sensible.

This is not sensible in a cerebral sense. This isrepparttar 122233 less used bodily wisdom we callrepparttar 122234 “ability to sense.” When you are more able to allow your body to sense you make clearer decisions. You are not so threatened. You have no need to constantly rationalise your choices.

That's Not Aunt Mary

Written by John Cali

Our thoughts often turn to our families duringrepparttar holiday season. Duringrepparttar 122187 recent holidays, I got to thinking about my mother, Mary. She died in 1988.

In my family’s Roman Catholic religious tradition, we had “wakes” when someone died. A wake consisted of displayingrepparttar 122188 body in an open casket for several days beforerepparttar 122189 funeral mass and burial. Friends and family would come to pay their respects torepparttar 122190 dead one and her immediate family.

During my mother’s wake, two of my elderly cousins appeared one afternoon together. Giovanni and Giuseppe were brothers, and rather colorful Sicilian characters. They bustled intorepparttar 122191 funeral home, rushing headlong torepparttar 122192 back room ofrepparttar 122193 building.

Kneeling beforerepparttar 122194 casket with bowed heads, they offered a silent prayer. As they rose to their feet, they looked, forrepparttar 122195 first time, intorepparttar 122196 casket. After exchanging long, shocked glances with each other, Giovanni finally blurted out, “That’s not Aunt Mary!”

Giovanni and Giuseppe had gone intorepparttar 122197 wrong room. As it happened that day, there were two wakes atrepparttar 122198 funeral home. The brothers had not bothered to check which room my mother’s wake was in.

Later on, we had a large dinner party to celebrate my mother’s life, as isrepparttar 122199 Sicilian custom. And we all had a good laugh at Giovanni’s and Giuseppe’s colossal blunder.

On a more serious note, I got to thinking later about how often we dorepparttar 122200 same thing my cousins did. Except we do it in our relationships with live human beings.

How often do we not even bother to look and see who this person before us is? We just plough thoughtlessly and blindly ahead, not caring enough to really look and see.

Chief Joseph

You live in a world today that often seems impersonal and uncaring. A world whererepparttar 122201 individual seemingly counts for little. Even in your modern world of technology,repparttar 122202 marvelous and quick communication your technology affords you often becomes impersonal and uncaring.

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