Jul 9, 2020
As we continue to come out of lockdown and attempt to rebuild a
new normal, how do we avoid slipping into old habits?
Amazingly, 800 years ago, St Francis of Assissi had some pretty
insightful wisdom about what to do as you come away from crisis, he
should know, he led his followers through many times of both
invasion and crisis, surprisingly, the following points are still
as relevant today ….
- Kindness and generosity – a spirit of service and
- The strength of community in forging new shared pathways
towards a more fulfilling life in times of challenge.
- Love for and nurturing of nature.
- Simple and fresh food, with occasional fasting.
- Supporting the roles of women as compassionate and wise
leaders, as embodied in St Francis’s elevation of the role and
influence of St. Clare, his childhood friend.
- A sense of our place in the universe – a celebration of the
sun, the moon, and the stars – taking our daily focus to a level
beyond the everyday to our place in creation. Transcendence of the
mundane is a time-proven means of generating peace and mental
- Meditation as a means to achieve and grow this experience.
- Transcendent music as a means of elevating the heart and
- Rebuilding the church, as Francis’s visions guided him to do,
according to the fundamentals of Christian teaching: love,
forgiveness, simplicity, and care for the poor and
Renewal is the opportunity that arises from crisis and these
fundamentals, all supported by science as the pillars of mental
well-being, will serve us well!
Copyright 2020 Pipa Gordon