Happy Day of The Dude!!
The Dudeist High Holy Day is March 6th because it’s the day that The Big Lebowski was bequeathed unto the world way back in the year of our Dude, 1998. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this momentous occasion.
At first, I was just a fan of the movie. But as I began to hear and read more about Dudeism, it was really falling into line with what I was already exploring for myself, with regards to spirituality. I was already beginning to adopt some practices from Buddhism, as well as Native American spirituality and Dudeism fit in nicely with those philosophies. Those ideas of being in the moment, and enjoying whatever was going on in that moment, of being accepting of other people, no matter what their background or what they were dealing with. Respect for the earth, and mother nature. The idea that all of us are in this together, and that all human beings have worth, and that no matter what other people's actions are, we are in control of our actions, and our own path in life.
Plus, when I think about the movie in relation to things that I may come across in life I can't help myself but to laugh or smile. That is what sealed the deal for me. What can be better than the ability to laugh and find joy in some of the most stressful and challenging things we deal with during the day?
-Rev. Don McCasland, LCSW
The Church of the Dude
Green valley hidden
Shy with fog’s lovers embrace
Bares itself with sun’s warm kiss
Don McCasland, LCSW-CCTP is a friend of Dancing Mindfulness. An Army Veteran who served three tours in Iraq in addition to service during Operation Desert Storm, Don is currently the director of SAFE: Soldiers and Families Embraced. Don practices in Clarksville, TN and he is also an ordained minister in the Church of the Dude. Read his blog at The Functional Veteran.
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