Contemplatives and ascetics of every age and every religion have always sought God in the silence and solitude of deserts, forests and mountains. Jesus himself lived for forty days in complete solitude, spending long hours in intimate converse with the Father in the silence of the night.
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
The song begins and the eyes are lifted
but the sickle points toward the ground,
its downward curve forgotten in the song she hears, Continue reading
Don’t get rid of the pain until you’ve learned its lessons. When you hold the pain consciously and trust fully, you are in a very special liminal space. Continue reading
A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.
We did not come to remain whole.
We came to lose our leaves like the trees,
The trees that are broken Continue reading
Consider the lilies of the field,
the blue banks of camas opening
into acres of sky along the road.
Would the longing to lie down
and be washed by that beauty
abate if you knew their usefulness,
how the native ground their bulbs
for flour, how the settlers’ hogs
uprooted them, grunting in gleeful
oblivion as the flowers fell?
There is a quiet light that shines in every heart … It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life. Continue reading
Silence is one of the major thresholds in the world … Meister Eckhart said that there is nothing in the world that resembles God so much as silence. Silence is a great friend of the soul; it unveils the riches of solitude. It is very difficult to reach that quality of inner silence. You must make a space for it so that it may begin to work for you. Continue reading
No matter how I turn
the magnificent light follows.
Background to my sadness. Continue reading