On emotions, peace, and boredom
The highest form of worship for Catholics, which is the Holy Mass, is less about heightened senses and more about inviting peace.
Isn’t this contrary to what we expect of rituals – the heightened emotions, spectacle, and the celebrations?
When I was young, I conflated peace with boredom. But going through this adulting and parenting phase, I realize how rare true peace really is. Boredom is when we are not moving and cannot find something meaningful to do. Peace is when we know what we could do and what we have accomplished, then letting go of those beyond our control. Boredom makes us feel stagnant, while peacefulness predisposes us to flourishing.
Matthew 5:1-12. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-163: JUNE 12, 2023]