Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Deep Listening, Loving Speech

They can be like the sun, words
They can do for the heart
what light can do
for a field
                                St John of the Cross

Wise men
say it clearly

resolution to the worlds ills are not to be found
in the clanging noise of the internet
through harsh encounters
where everyone is talking
an no one is listening

except with a eye
to a response

the healing of the world
is to be found
in deep listening

in understanding

in loving speech

a lesson even more difficult
to learn
when we are soooooo
sure WE
are right


Lord, this day
help me to stop for a moment

May I really listen to
all the pain, and fear
and yes joy too
which lurks behind the words

My I seek to understand with the heart
and use my words

scattering them
like warm sun across a
field of good seeds

to bring forth

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