July 18, 2021
The Lost Art of Wisdom - Proverbs
Sometimes we receive an email and the person signs off with the word “shalom” – a Hebrew greeting. When we wish someone “shalom,” we are expressing our desire for them to experience well-being, a state where their souls and their relationships are flourishing. Shalom is “life as it should be!” It’s like living in the Garden of Eden.
Unfortunately, we often feel like we are living under a heat dome. At the end of June, the Metro Vancouver region was covered by a heat dome for days. We experienced extreme temperatures – 42C! Air pollution levels increased. If we could not find air-conditioned environments, we were irritated. Some really suffered.
At times, our minds are like heat domes. Anxious, worrisome, fear-filled thoughts swirl around our brains and it seems we cannot find relief anywhere. When we find ourselves under a toxic mental dome, is it possible to get out from under it? Is there a way of wisdom toward spiritual, mental, and emotional health?