When I was younger, I felt like I wanted to join the religious life (I'm Catholic), but never did. Life took me down more traditional roads, and I am now a single parent with a wonderful daughter. This next part is more difficult to explain, so I hope I can get this across: I find myself drawn to the spiritual life and try to find a way to live out those values at work and almost every other place I go. In other words, at work I strive to create community, bring peace to situations, ask people about their path, point out their higher attributes in situations, listen to their struggles and gently re-direct them toward a higher end, take needed supporting roles, and things along that path. I am a rather introverted and private person, but become more talkative as I get to know people. I have rarely met anyone with a path similar to my own.

 

I would like to get together with people that can identify with this path. People who perhaps have wanted to become a nun, priest, monk at some time in their life, even gave it a passing thought, or maybe even joined the religious life and left, but whose life took them in a different direction. Maybe they are married now or single but always feeling this missing piece in their lives. People who make their job, family and the world a better place just because they bring this spiritual dimension and quality of who they are to all situations. I just hope I have conveyed accurately what I meant to say. I think maybe people might understand. I am Catholic but this group would not be limited to just Catholic. Any spiritual and faith tradition is welcome, as we are all passengers on a boat molded, at least in part, by our cultural framework. Whether we chose it ourselves or whether we were born into it, we are all in similar situations. The Catholic boat, the Protestant boat, the Muslim boat, the Jewish boat, the Tibetan boat, the Sufi boat, all the boats - we are all sailing in the same ocean and we all recognize the same Creator.

 

It seems I am mainly interested in other people's spiritual journeys and always start there when meeting someone. I always find myself in the spiritual section of bookstores. I am particularly drawn to the readings of Thomas Merton, Rumi and Khalil Gibran. I ended up in a service field (teaching), and I suspect many who will identify with this are also in some service oriented field. For years I have wished that people that felt like this could find a way to all find each other and it never thought of Meetup as an avenue. If this resonates with you, I would love to all get together to just meet each other. I wish I had a plan of action after we meet but I don't . All I know is that I would like to... just meet. Maybe others have ideas? Even just meeting like minded people might be helpful and supportive. We might get inspired and think of things we might like to do.

 

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