Blogging 101 – Assignment 11
Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on a blogging prompt.
Here’s a post on a prompt that came to me as I walked (3.5 miles) and listened to the fine book (audio format) by Richard Rohr, OFM, “Breathing Underwater” in which he offers many insights into the theory and practice of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In the chapter on Step Twelve, he focused on these words: “Having had a spiritual awakening…” He said something like, “Addicts have never learned the difference between intensity and intimacy and so they seek one intense experience after another. They have really never found true intimacy in their lives and so they seek constantly, ‘looking for love in all the wrong places.'”
First reflection (outside): It seems to me that many religious leaders promote enthusiasm, intensity, excitement, zest, zeal, passion, fervor… certainly among young persons, but also among those of us who pass for adults. One way is to rally against a common enemy so to “energize the base.” Rohr’s point is that many then need to keep going after this intensity because none of it truly satisfies. He said, relationships that satisfy really require less intensity to experience union with the God, self, and the other.
Second reflection (inside): One of my unrelenting questions over decades has been, “How much is enough? How much will truly satisfy.” I’ve offered my way of looking at the world as “Irish-Existentialism,” meaning that the glass is always half empty. Now I wonder at how I maintained that stance for so long, especially since I’ve moved into a new place in life wherein I find serenity in a just bit and a whole lot less in much. In other words, I believe I’ve taken a few steps on this path where surrender becomes joy and receiving heals emptiness. Most days anyway.
Thanks, Richard! –roc,sj