Spirituality, Disability and Aging

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What does it mean to be whole?  The idea of wholeness has changed over centuries, and certainly varies with cultural values.  With the rapid changes of the 21st century, new discoveries and technology hold possibilities which challenge our ideas of what it means to be human, let alone what is means to be whole, what it means to be disabled or impaired, what it means to age.   We live longer and have miraculous tools (mechanical, digital, chemical) to assist us or enhance our functioning when compared to previous centuries.   Science and technology envision even more wonders for our future.  Yet, we do age and not all impairment can be erased.  Our cutting-edge tools are not available to everyone.  We move through the seasons of life and experience changes us. Many people struggle with their limitations and a sense of pressure from themselves, others, or society at large to be better, to be more like everyone else...or...perfect.  Spiritually, we are an individual expression of Life, unique, yet inseparable from the Oneness of all life.  Our "perfection" is in our uniqueness.  Our "wholeness" is in our acceptance of that shared life. 

This section invites you to explore disability and aging as spiritual experience that includes new ways of seeing healing,  making whole, and taking care.

Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.
— Ram Dass

“Musings at the little shack of insight” by JACK CORREU

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September post: Little Shack and Acts of Kindness— I was watching a television channel "breaking news" the other day and what seems to have become the new normal of mass violence and environmental catastrophes. I couldn't help but remember the lines from the movie The Thin Red Line: "This great evil, where's it come from? How'd it steal into the world? (click here to continue reading)

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Jack Correu Bio: Jack Correu is a former computer technician and current Organic Gardener, Bee Keeper, Writer and Spiritual Pilgrim whose lifelong passion is the study and practice of transformation of consciousness. He has a genetic progressive deafness that began in childhood. Having experienced the challenges of being deaf, cancer recovery and a recent diagnosis of severe arthritis, his focus now is now on aging, and its opportunities for a higher state of being. Otherwise he says “I am just an average Joe.” His philosophy mirrors Taoist teachings that the small is as important as the infinite. Jack lives with his wife on a few acres in Texas.

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