Thursday, November 5, 2009

Subversive spirituality

Artist: Renoir

Oh, my. This is so true in our achievement-obsessed society:

Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all.

Anne Lamott

I developed a real appreciation for the notion of subversive spirituality when I lived in South Africa. Desmond Tutu used to say, "If governments knew how subversive contemplative prayers is, they would ban it."


  1. Ellie,

    Would you please elaborate on this a bit?

    annie c

  2. Well, just as a start, contemplative prayer helps us cultivate courage.

    It also is a powerful antidote to the kind of cultural conditioning that leaves us content to conform to the status quo.


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