In a lifestyle so governed by cell phones, "smart" watches, electronic “assistants,” 4+ different social media platforms, job intensity, crazy traffic, bad weather, home maintenance, laundry, grocery shopping, meal providing, school events, exercise, sometimes church, sports tv, Xbox, online shopping, all while wearing headphones for music or news or talk radio, streaming video bingeing, and all too rarely a full night's sleep ~ it's no wonder we have difficulty turning off all of the external stimulants of life (and perhaps a few imbibed) and finding a truly quiet moment. What are we teaching our children?
Evelyn Underhill [1875-1941] was one of the most
widely read authors on Christian mysticism, religion, and spiritual
practice in the early years of the 20th Century and continues to be read
today. She began her writing with satirical poems moved to
novels of heroic mystical journeys, and onto readable treatises on
mysticism and The Spiritual Life. Prominent in the Anglican
Church, she was the first woman to give lectures to Anglican clergy as
well as the first woman to lead spiritual retreats. Recognized as a
theologian, Underhill sought to reconcile the spiritual realm with
everyday realities that are in opposition to the Divine but redeemed when
revisited with a lens of divine radiance. Not at all proclaiming reclusiveness
as a path to spiritual wholeness she said: "It seems so much easier in
these days to live morally than to live beautifully. Lots of us manage to exist
for years without ever sinning against society, but we sin against loveliness
every hour of the day."