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A new friend asked me about my spirituality. I told her one important aspect of my spirituality is being a “progressive Jew”.

She said she thought “all Jews were progressive”. Led to a fascinating conversation about Jews and the Ultra-orthodox and how scary I think they are (like their attitudes and expectations for women).

And in researching a bit to help articulate what being a “progressive Jew” has to do with spirituality that I’m aligned with, I came across this description from Tikkun Magazine (based on the work of Rabbi Michael Lerner).

From their site:

“Tikkun uplifts Jewish, interfaith, and secular prophetic voices of hope that contribute to universal liberation. A catalyst for long-term social change we empower people and communities to heal the world by embracing revolutionary love, compassion, and empathy. We promote a caring society that protects the life support system of the planet and celebrates the Earth and the universe with awe and radical amazement.”

Now that’s my kind of spirituality.

I’m grateful to have found an expression of a tradition that is 1000’s of years old and is my lineage. I have studied many practices over the past 35 years. Sometimes my intent has been respectful and clean. Sometimes, honestly, there have been hungry ghost and appropriation energies in my searching.

Today, I’m grateful to feel rooted in way that feels deeply aligned and respectful. I can be open to other traditions and the wisdom practices that anyone wants to share with me. And it’s good to know that my roots are in spiritual soil that was intended for me.

I don’t need to envy, desire, or try and suck the life force out of anyone else’s tradition.

The primary ground I look to harvest wisdom from has been carefully tended by my ancestors for many generations.

That’s a very different place to enter into conversations about diversity and spirituality from than feeling empty, rootless and spiritually lost.

Just some light reflections on an early Sunday morning …