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

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Quiet my mind, Lord

In his book, Bread for the Journey, the Catholic priest and theologian Henri J.M. Nouwen writes:

    “To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, to welcome, to accept… The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves. Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.”

there is nothing more powerful
than the mind
which can be the most powerful weapon
we wield against ourselves or others

if our thought patterns are set
we can fail to see ourselves or others clearly
or correctly

the thought “I am not enough” has destroyed countless lives
fearful thoughts have caused people to create enemies that do not exist

and then there is that busy mind
so full of junk
spinning, spinning, spinning
occupying us
unsettling us
robbing us of sleep
robbing us of peace

and robbing us
of our ability
to be with others
to really be with them
(trust me, I know about this problem)

we are in the same room with someone
but in reality, we are far away
at work, dealing with a problem, thinking about a million other things

and so
in so many ways
our minds keep us from presence
and keep us from listening
keep us from connecting

and keep us from healing
and being a source of healing
for others

O Sacred One
If you do one thing for me this day
quiet my mind
quiet my soul
help me be at ease

so that I may see
and hear
the person in front of me

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