Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Take Refuge In Silence …

You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back. Take refuge in your senses, open up To all the small miracles you rushed through. —John O'Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us   Be Still The ancient psalmist plucked his strings and sang a sentence sprung from… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Take Refuge In Silence …

Poems

World Weary …

God breathes through us so completely, so gently, we hardly feel it, yet it is our everything. — John Coltrane Weary World-weary? Perhaps what wearies you is not the world but your own mind. It's time to make a pilgrimage from the furrow in your brow to the temple in your chest. The distance isn't… Continue reading World Weary …

Quotes, Seasons

The Meadow (Summer Solstice Meditation) …

I hear the unblown flute, In the deep summer shadows ... — Basho   As we walk into words that have waited for us to enter them, so the meadow, muddy with dreams, is gathering itself together and trying, with difficulty, to remember how to make wildflowers. Imperceptibly heaving with the old impatience, it knows… Continue reading The Meadow (Summer Solstice Meditation) …

Prayers

A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted …

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, Time takes on the strain until it breaks; Then all the unattended stress falls in On the mind like an endless, increasing weight, The light in the mind becomes dim. Things you could take in your stride before Now become laborsome events of will. Weariness invades your… Continue reading A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 41: Be Still, My Restless Soul …

Something stirred from deep within. I felt it knocking, begging to be acknowledged and released. I could not put a name to it, but something felt awakened after a long period of dormancy. In truth, this gnawing sensation had been building for more than a year, but on the levee that day, I grappled with… Continue reading Desert Day 41: Be Still, My Restless Soul …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 16: Solitude of Heart …

The word solitude can be misleading. It suggests being alone by yourself in an isolated place. When we think about solitaries, our mind easily evokes images of monks or hermits who live in remote places secluded from the noise of the busy world. In fact, the words solitude and solitary are derived from the Latin… Continue reading Desert Day 16: Solitude of Heart …

Quotes

Silence and Stillness …

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the “I Am” that is deeper than name and form. Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness?… Continue reading Silence and Stillness …

Interreligious, Quotes

Silence Reveals. Silence Heals …

  First, silence makes us pilgrims. Secondly, silence guards the fire within. Thirdly, silence teaches us to speak. ― Henri J.M. Nouwen from The Way of the Heart In our quest for God, we think too much, reflect too much, talk too much. Even when we look at this dance that we call creation, we… Continue reading Silence Reveals. Silence Heals …

Quotes

If We Are Willing To Sit Quietly And Wait For A While …

The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection… Continue reading If We Are Willing To Sit Quietly And Wait For A While …