Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You: Universal Spiritual Insights Distilled from Five Religious Traditions by Joan D. Chittister

Certain questions are common to all of us as human beings. Why was I born? What’s important in life? How do I know the right thing to do? What does it mean to “make a difference”? What’s wrong with me ? why can’t I change? Such questions are so deeply human that they transcend time and place, religions and cultures.

In this inviting book Joan Chittister presents the insights of others from different cultures throughout history who have grappled with the same kinds of life questions that plague us here and now. Through stories and wisdom literature from major religious traditions ? Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam ? Chittister highlights practical, universal truths and deftly shows how each spiritual tradition brings a special gift to the art of living a meaningful, spiritually aware life.

A rich exploration of spirituality, Welcome to the Wisdom of the World addresses some of our most challenging issues – ambition, security, romance, abandonment, failure, and more – acknowledging the truth we can find in the wisdom of our human past and the connections we can make through our differences. This is a book for anyone who wants to grow spiritually and to become more fully human.

Joan Chittister, “The Spirituality of Struggle” – Part 1

PART 1 of a 3-part series based on the award-winning book, “Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.” Internationally known writer, lecturer and peace activist, Sr. Joan Chittister, tells about her deep struggle as a young nun to reconcile her dream of studying at America’s premier creative writing program to become a fiction writer — a dream that seemed within her grasp — only to be told she was to be third cook at a children’s summer camp instead.

Joan Chittister, “The Spirituality of Struggle” – Part 2

PART 2 of a 3-part series based on the award-winning book, “Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.” Internationally known writer, lecturer and peace activist, Sr. Joan Chittister, talks about the connection between struggle and faith.

Joan Chittister, “The Spirituality of Struggle” – Part 3

Part 3 of a 3-part series based on the award-winning book, “Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.” Internationally known writer, lecturer and peace activist, Sr. Joan Chittister, talks about hope in the face of struggle.

The Astrology of June 2012 – The Opposite of Synchronicity by Carl Boudreau [Updated June 12, 2012]

June 2012 – The Opposite of Synchronicity

June’s chart is about two things: Many nations of the world are experiencing an impasse in efforts to solve fundamental economic and political issues. This impasse will come to a head in June. Push will come to shove.

At the same time, a profound shift in power relationships will begin. People everywhere will begin resetting the balance of power in relationships at home, at work, in the community and in government.

People will begin re-empowering themselves at the expense of those who have wrongly assumed power over them. This will manifest in every interaction, from the most humble, personal and private discussion to the most public political debate.

A radical, fundamental tension will emerge in these exchanges which can only be resolves by resetting any unfair imbalances of power.

June’s chart is an unusually complicated and difficult chart. Let’s take it one facet at a time.

This is my effort to do justice to a very important month, astrologically. It is a complex, potentially scary bunch of charts that a lot of people will think of as bad news. And maybe June will bring some bad news.
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It has a high concentration of difficult and sort of difficult aspects and is light on helpful ones. Uranus squares Pluto exactly on June 24th. There’s an eclipse. And lots of hard aspects generally.

And its kind of the flip side of May. May was eventful but loaded with positive synchronicity. June is the opposite of synchronicity.

However, I think those interested in global social, political and economic transformation will be still be relieved and encouraged by it. We’re turning a big karmic corner. A lot of stuff us coming due, for better or for worse.

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