Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice has Songs of Brokenness and Alienation, and also Hope and Promise.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice is sacredness of the ordinary.



Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice is the unity of all that is.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice knows: indulgence in excess, addictions, appears to be a uniquely human phenomenon.

Why?

In contrast to animals, which have only physical urges and desire, human beings crave spiritual fulfillment as well. When this spiritual need goes unmet, humans feel vague unrest. A kind of “existence” anguish.

While hunger, thirst, or the sex drive are easily identified, spiritual craving is harder to recognize and fulfill. People may feel that something is missing, but not know what that something is.

It should not come as a surprise to womens-spirituality-and-practice that spirituality too, is subject to addictive distortion. Can you risk having a Spiritual Awakening?

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice fills the spiritual emptiness.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice has learned through experience that certain substances produce a sense of gratification. Consequently addictive thinking can lead people to try to quench this vague spiritual craving (anguish) through food or drugs or sex or money.

These objects may give some gratification, but they do nothing to solve the basic problem: the unmet spiritual needs. The soul’s anguish.

The feelings of satisfaction disappears soon, replaced by longing. More anguish and pain.

The mistake addicts make: Addictive thinkers reason that since food or sex or money or alcohol or other drugs have satisfied some craving, they will satisfy other needs. Risk having a Personal Awakening. Explore your options.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice finds the real meaning of spiritual.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice has discovered that during periods of abstinence, many recovering addicts say:

“I felt some kind of void inside me. I had no idea what that was all about. Now I know that that was an empty space where the spiritual belongs.”

The answer is what humankind is all about. As morally free beings, we can choose to recognize our spiritual needs.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice understands that when we exercise our unique human capacities, we are being spiritual. It is possible to be spiritual without being religious.

Spiritual is very important in recovery from addictions. Specifically, “Cries of the Spirit” addresses itself to the spiritual.

“Women tend toward a relational spirituality based on the natural world of earth and flesh. A perspective of healing and lifegiving.

Women are exploring the spiritual in different settings including their own meditation and reflection.” Love Addiction means love-addicts are at work.

“Cries of the Spirit” speaks to the silence, the intervals, the gaps.

We can be moved toward wholeness.

The world, the universe, is an organic unity.

Sacredness has to do with thankfulness. Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice understands

“Thankfulness is that most basic of religious impulses. Thankfulness for being alive, for the wonder of our bodies, for being able to breathe and eat and drink and walkabout and make love.

It has to do most profoundly with acknowledging connection, with knowing that there is really no such thing as autonomy, for we are all one with the other.

The sacred is not in the sky, the place of transcendent, abstract principle, but rather is based on this earth, in ordinary dwelling places of our lives, in our gardens, and kitchens and bedrooms.

And it is no less present in our places of protest, the streets and public halls and institutions where we express our outrage at the reckless squandering of the life that is one.

The sacred is fueled by eros, by desire. It is about passion. And compassion. And love. Always love. Love over and over and over again, love.

For women, the sacred seems to be rooted in experience, rather than in institutions---in the body and in nature, not in culture.

Poetry is its natural vehicle. Who can order the Holy? It is like a rain forest, dripping, lush, fecund, wild.

We enter its abundance at out peril, for here we are called to the wholeness for which we long, but which requires all we are and can hope to be.” Spirituality and Practice offers a solid grounding.

We want ways to move us to wholeness, while in the midst of fragmentation.

There is oneness of spirit and flesh.

Our anguish and pain come from an inability, for whatever reason, to LOOK reality in the face. Instead we embrace illusions.

To honor feeling is in itself prophetic, especially in a culture where the core is an illusion.

Women’s poetry is a way to the heart. It opens the door to the spirit.

It is suited for the language of the spirit because it breaks down emotional barriers and opens the reader to the stirrings of the heart. It prepares a place.

Marge Piercy says, “We must neither own nor be owned.”

Learning to love, to have without holding:

Learning to love differently is hard, love with the hands wide open, love with the doors banging on their hinges.

The cupboard unlocked, the wind roaring and whimpering in the rooms rustling the sheets.

And snapping the blinds that whack like rubber bands in an open palm.

It hurts to love wide open stretching the muscles that feel as if they are made of wet plaster, then of blunt knives, then of sharp knives.

It hurts to thwart the reflexes of grab, of clutch, to love and let go again and again…to love consciously, conscientiously, concretely, constructively…with minimized malice, hunger and anger.

Moment by moment balanced.

Consider your Relationship as a Spiritual Practice.

We still choose love and intimate relationships, but not as reasons for addictive being.

We can no longer live through others.

“Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice does not thrive in a vacuum: love, the fruit of the spirit, can not help speaking in a prophetic voice, cannot help asserting itself in prophetic deeds.

In the words of women, we come to understand that there is no such thing as individual redemption, that wholeness in our own lives is inevitably tied to the well-being of the rest of creation.

This includes, and most particularly,

the ones who have been set aside as “other” because of their skin color or class or national origin or sexual orientation or frailty of mind or body.

What ever offends the dignity of my brother or sister offends me. And my brothers and sisters are everywhere.” Understand Addiction as a Spiritual Disease.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice means revising the cultural myths.

We can let-go our UFOs and our illusions.

“Religious mythology is particularly dangerous, for it permeates all of western art and literature, provides allusions for common speech, guides the ethical systems out of which much of our law emerges.

Realizing that our cultural mythology is so often degrading to women. They are simply not true. And we should treat them as such. Revising them can be revealing and empowering for women.

We dare not let ourselves be unconsciously defined by mythology that shows women to be dependent, subservient, evil, and less than fully human.

Challenging the cannon in outrageous ways brings into relief those patterns that have told us we are less than we are and allows us to suggest different patterns, stories with bold, new endings.

We must allow ourselves the freedom to discover our strengths, accept our power, and make choices out of the integrity of our deepest spiritual impulses.

George Ella Lyon gives us an angry Goddess/mother figure who does not look kindly on the mess we’ve made of things.

God is fed up.

All the oceans she gave us.

All the Fields. All the acres of steep seedful forest. And we did what? Invented the Great Chain Of Being.And the chain saw... Invented sin. Relationship Addicts serve the "other" ignoring self needs.

QUESTION:

Can we not envision a world in which both men and women honor the flesh, refusing to separate it from spirit, cherishing the earthly as holy stuff?

The journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew what you had to do.

And began though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice--- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles.

“Mend my life” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with stiff fingers at the very foundations------Through their melancholy was terrible.

It was already late Enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice. Which you slowly recognized as your own, and that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world.

Determined to do the only thing you could do--- determined to save the only life you could save.

Love is not a doctrine. Peace is not an intenational agreement.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice knows Love and Peace are beings who live as possibilities in us.

Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice understands that there is sacredness in the ordinary. A sparrows flight, a soft breeze, a mother’s touch.

These things you know to be true in your self.





Relationships as Spiritual Practice offers helpful insight.


Womens-Spirituality-and-Practice sees Addiction is a Spiritual Disease, see why.