by Wendy Strgar September 30, 2010
Today I was talking to a friend and colleague who lives in Boulder Colorado. She was sharing the volunteer work she was doing in support of the many people who lost so much during the recent fire. With more than $8 million of losses, it has been called the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history.
One of the stories of total loss that she shared was unforgettable. The only thing that remained in the place of a 4500 square foot, 3 story home was this angel. The recognition by the homeowner that “spirit is what remains” is more remarkable still. The foundation of my own faith is the belief in something bigger than the material world that defines and consumes life in equal measure.
I was reminded of the Montmartre Cathedral in Paris which shares a similar story of the church being the only thing left standing in a 10 block radius after German bombing. All of the neighbors who came to the church for protection were spared. The surrounding neighborhood was reduced to rubble, but the church was untouched.
In every spiritual discipline that I have studied and the height of my view on religiosity is this: that the truth of life lies far beyond the three dimensional, sensory experience. Faith and love are forces more powerful than any material destruction that we can experience. After it is all over, they will endure. In light of the ever increasing challenges we face in the world, knowing this truth and that goodness is everywhere you look is more than solace. It is a life direction. It is the solution.
by Wendy Strgar October 25, 2018
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery
We believe we are making it better by shielding ourselves from our own pain. This is a fool’s errand, for the pain we refuse to feel and acknowledge doesn’t dissipate from our lacking attention, but rather collects in our heart center with a weightiness that we often cannot name or discern. So fearful are we, of the potential of a broken heart, that we inadvertently refuse to open our hearts at all.
by Wendy Strgar September 13, 2018