Spirituality in 21st Century
The greatest problem in the twenty-first century Western world is that most of us basically do not like ourselves. As a result we neglect to sustain a healthy inner life – and fall for the delusion that consumptive gratification, (where we exist on the surface of ourselves) and constant activity and entertainment, will bring us happiness. Instead we have become overly rational, existing most of the time in our heads and not connected to our emotions. Sadly the consequences result in human impoverishment and that many of us struggle with unintegrated inner lives, depression, anxiety, addictions of every kind.
Spirituality, and in particular Christian Spirituality, is the focus to the life of the Wellspring Community in Peckham. As a New Monastic Community prayer and spirituality are seen as key media for encountering and knowing God as well as enabling a fuller, integrated and healthier life. Within our Rhythm of life, ancient forms of Christian prayer, meditation, contemplation, dialogue and study are seen as crucial disciplines and activities.
As our interpretation of the Christian life is focused on ‘contemplative or prayerful action’ we encourage all those involved or interested in the Community to utilise our regular activities and training opportunities. As St Francis said this approach is based on ‘experience that leads to understanding’. We grow in self-understanding and health as we learn to sustain a spiritual life, where we grow more integrated and less neglected inner lives nourished by the love of God.
For a particularly New Monastic and Christian approach to spirituality, there are three areas that we seek to promote:
Body | Spiritual Wellbeing | Orthopathy
Right Being or well-being and healthly approaches to not neglect physical needs
Living | Spiritual Practices | Orthopraxis
Right Living, behaviour, spiritual practices and healthy living
Mind | Spiritual Thinking | Orthodoxy
Right Thinking, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, study and healthy thinking