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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

On slowing down, being present to one's self, and being an authentic giver

People are too busy to care
                Healthcare worker

There are two kinds of compassion and care.  One is honest kindness, and the other, dishonest kindness.  How many times have we promised, or pretended to be available, to listen, to care, when, in that moment, we honestly had no such capacity?  And do we imagine that dishonest kindness actually brings healing and ease to another – or do we see an unintended suffering.   I do not know the answer to this.  But I cannot help but ask the question.
                                                                                                Wayne Muller

To love means being there for your beloved, recognizing his presence as important.  To be there, to be fully present, to appreciate the preciousness of your beloved, this is the practice of true love.  To be there for him (her) you have to be there for yourself first.  Do you have the tie to be there for yourself?  Do you have the time for a cup of tea, for an orange, for your in-breath, your out breath?
                                                                                                Thich Nhat Hanh

the thermometer says it is 7 degrees outside
the snow slowly comes to life as the clouds break and
the sun scatters jewels across the ground
the dark green arms of firs wear proudly heavenly adornment

and I sit
with time
nothing but time

it is an odd sensation
and I hate it

and yet I realize as I sit here
in the quiet
wanting it not to be quiet
wanting to be needed
wanting to teach or counsel
or something

that I am being taught a lesson

a lesson about being present to myself
a lesson about sitting in the quietude
with that cup of tea
just sitting
being present to myself

refilling my inner resources

for too long I have tried to give
and have had nothing to give
I have been guilty, without even knowing it
of dishonest kindness
because I cannot give what I do not have

bring me to myself O Sacred One
that I might be present to myself
and thus
to you
and for others

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