NOTE: the links to the films may not be static (can't tell). The link to this week's is for the film-of-the-week and will point to a different film by next Monday, Oct. 2. See archives.
Passion in life - passion for life - these are very interesting concepts for me...in many areas of my life. I often wonder if the passion gene was somehow left out of my design. I'm beginning to understand some interesting things about it as I focus on spiritual evolution.
Part of what has been hard for me as I grow is the glimmer of an understanding that passion may not have a valuable place in my spiritual life. I'm reading more of Pema Chodron's work about the Seven Points of Training the Mind and am learning that a key to awakening is letting go. It seems to be about recognizing that life is a dream we walk thru. The phrase 'this too shall pass' is appropriate here...except that by the time I've had that thought, 'this' is already in the past.
I understand, now, that much of what I've missed in a spiritual experience is the passion that I felt when I was lost in the music of a Sunday service, or of the little group we had that sang for weddings and funerals, or when we gathered on the steps of the Admin. Bldg. at college and sang spontaneously - in beautiful harmonies that came so easily.
It was rarely the sermons that swept me away. Those usually brought me only pain, because it was so easy for me to identify with the 'not worthy'ness that fundamental religion teaches. Then, I could, indeed, be swept away, but it was not spiritual passion - it was deep self loathing.
So, back to passion. Can there be passion in an Eastern (Buddhist/Taoist) approach to Spirit?
So far, the only real passion I've read about is in (get this!) Buddhist Fundamentalism - and it is passion of a violent nature - synonymous with fundamentalist behavior of many religions.
We'll see, I guess, as I continue to learn & practice.
As for passion in work - well, I don't work, now. I'm retired. I fully intended to go back to work, but our sabbatical after Mom died (and while we finished the renovation of our house) was such a wonderful time. No corporate angst. None of the things that Nik's star, Neil Crofts, talked about in this week's film (link above).
What am I passionate about? I'm not sure. music, performance, food & entertaining...
I like being of service, but I find I don't work well 'in committee'.
...and so, we'll see...