[Image is from one of the films we will watch: Joan of Arc. Looks powerful! ]
Tomorrow Steve and I embark on a road trip to Albuquerque to attend a “Movies and Meaning” Film Festival sponsored by Father Richard Rohr and his Center for Action and Contemplation. Starting Thursday, we will be watching films that fall into three categories: Icons (transcendent works from the past), Overlooked & Very Special (movies that the organizers felt were not seen enough with their original release) and New Films. There will be speakers and breakout sessions offered in between the films including some talks by Father Rohr himself. Father Rohr is a Jesuit priest that I would consider to be one of our most important, forward thinking spiritual leaders of today. His books and his teachings have been very influential in many people's lives, including Steve’s life. Steve even taught one of Father Rohr’s books in his teaching days. If you watch Super Soul Sunday, you may have seen Father Richard being interviewed by Oprah.
I’m very excited to be participating in this festival and workshop and look forward to all the conversation and interaction with like-minded, spiritual and forward thinking people that I anticipate to be there. We are bringing a laptop and I hope to write some reviews and summaries of our experiences.
I pray that you all find blessings in your day, no matter what muck you are trucking through. There is a gold nugget to be found in every circumstance and situation and it is part of our evolutionary journey to find that gold nugget and to feel grateful for it. It is a difficult practice to implement especially during the high energy of the drama but stepping back and looking at the experience from the outside might help you see a different perspective. I have had to practice this very thing the past few weeks and it does help bring new perspective and even a gratefulness to a situation that I never would have felt gratitude.
Look here over the next week for my postings from the Film Festival. I wish you all many blessings!