Nature and Philosophy:
History, Science... Art & Music...
Value (vs. Clutter...), Money;
The Meaning of Life
What's God Got to Do --Got to Do!-- with It?!)
If God is Love — and if Jesus is Love personified, we might join Tina Turner in spirit for a late morning, contemplating what does such Love have to do with the nuts & bolts, passions, and other assorted basics of this physical world that so clutter mundane life ... perhaps culminating in dire relational, financial, and/or health straits that in the end leave us six feet under the sod, anyway—or otherwise passed on from this life?
Where better to reflect on the Ultimate meaning and practice of Life (e.g., dodging distractions —even the Good— in order to focus on the Best) than in the idyllic Mount Auburn Cemetery in springtime? At one of our Meetups years ago (one of my favorites, in fact), we learned that many of us clutter-challenged folks consider our favorite place to be in Nature— where we are NOT responsible for order and upkeep. So— regardless of your religious (or nonreligious) orientation, bring your curiosity along with a serviceable pair of walking shoes to join a few members of my church family (First United Presbyterian Church, Inman Square) at the beautiful Mount Auburn Cemetery's main gate (accessible via MBTA Buses #71, 72, or 73) for a delightful stroll and free tour (~1.5 h, although you may leave earlier if necessary) of one of our favorite places, enjoying the verdant rolling terrain, flowering shrubs — and BIRDS (for all you birders...).
We are most privileged to have a learned friend and colorful local Harvard scholar of the history of science, Dr. John Mathew, lead our tour. With his flair for theatre, complete with British turns of phrase and sensibilities, Dr. Mathew no doubt will entertain more than just our questions about notable personages of interest now resting below the sun-dappled byways of this lush sylvan setting.
In fact, you might be inspired to drop a few gems of your own into our Mix of deliberations as brain fodder for this Mindwalk, as well ... we hope so!
Come join us to See, Hear—ENJOY!! (Again, participants need not be Christian or even religious: this is a Mindwalk, stretching us all!)
Please RSVP by Saturday noon, 2 June, if you'd like to participate.
*If you've not already seen the film Mindwalk (directed by Bernt Amadeus Capra, based on his short story about The Turning Point by his brother Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics), you can view it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tVsIZSpOdI (112 min).