Justice can only exist when we stop building fences. When complacency and apathy and American self-preservation and arrogance take a back seat (or perhaps jump completely out of the car) to compassion, empathy, a true embodiment of the Golden Rule, and the permeating concept of us FOR them verses us OR them. When we decide that the war against slavery is worth more anger and awareness-spreading than the downfall of church décor and repetitive worship choruses. When we realize that if we opened our doors to orphans that there wouldn’t actually be any orphans. When we would value things (and vote for them with our dollar and lifestyle!) like healthy food and smart healthcare over entertainment and having a house as lovely or as large as our neighbor. When poverty or OHMYWORD sin wouldn’t just disgust us but bring us to share and love and invite and pray and dance with more than just our better-than-ness. I realize that I am a wee bit frustrated today but frustration is most often what moves us to action.
What frustrates you? What injustice will move you to action?
Magdalene is a pursuer of all things beautiful, inviting others into a life with steady integration of all they say, think, act, eat, love, and enjoy--hopeful for a more centered, peaceful existence, both inside and out. Today, she offers spiritual direction, movement and yoga classes, and women’s retreats, incorporating contemplative Christian spiritual practices, contemporary and authentic movement, and the ancient way of yoga (with a fun side job of lifestyle and commercial photography). Past students and directees have joked that there are few others in the world as dedicated to boundaries, intentionality, rest, and weird voices as Maggie.
Magdalene grew up on a small organic sustainable farm in central Indiana, raised in a family of avid readers, generous doers, truth seekers, and good food lovers. Those early experiences laid a great foundation for further mind-body-soul integrative training at Hope College (BA in English and Arts Ministry), Fall Creek Abbey (Certified Spiritual Director), and BodyWorks Studio (200hr YTT).
If she’s doing exactly what she wants, you will probably find her on a porch, patio, or beach, drink in hand, dancing away or chatting about life and love and happiness with all her people, especially her partner Jeff and their three kiddos.
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2 thoughts on “l e n t :: day4_injustice”
Thanks for your thoughts and the questions you posed. Great “food for thought” and reflection especially at this time of the year.
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 01:40:21 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your comment, Liz – and for reading! Keeping you and Harry regularly in my thoughts and prayers!