When our thinking is changed our living in turn is changed.
An article by Andy Mort caught my eye – You Can’t Think Yourself into New Ways of Living. In it, Mort says “Life can’t be lived by thinking about living it. Life can’t be lived by reading about living it. When we act, experience, and live the world around us, our thinking is changed. When our thinking is changed our living in turn is changed.” That’s the process of formation.
Change happens. What’s great about being human is that we can choose to intentionally observe and anticipate the process; we can seek out opportunities that encourage our participation.
Cleaning the garden, a brisk morning walk or reaching out to check on a neighbor can be meditative and curative. I believe the Spirit draws us into opportunities that enter the orbit of our daily life. It is totally up to us whether we intentionally anticipate and welcome the process.
As Richard Rohr says, “We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” Consider using the helpful Spiritual Pyramid as a guide to live into new ways of thinking. If this appeals to you, contact the Diocesan Formation Office to request a laminated copy. Then, perhaps put it in a spot that catches your eye.