This is such a beautiful and evocative painting from Sandys. I saw it when I was browsing images in my files and, though I wasn't aware at the time its connection with Winter and, in a way, the Spirit of... Continue Reading →
"We serve life not because it is broken but because it is Holy.” ~ Mother Teresa Big Love, Jamie
"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language." "Don't search for the answers, which could not be given... Continue Reading →
I wrote recently on the 'power word' benediction, and today it's blessing and welcoming hospitality that arise, deliciously, for reflection. In the February message from Friends of Silence, the reflection theme was friendship, but moreso a quality of blessing and... Continue Reading →
It’s a rich and wonderful contemplative and spiritual practice to invite a word or theme for reflection.
Each word has a frequency or a power or a ‘mood’ of its own, which is why certain words and themes are more helpful than others when we’re ‘cultivating’ through spiritual practice.
You can feel it, even, when you see or say them … holy, Beloved, grace, be still and Know …
As we sit in reflection with a certain word or theme, we invite the essence of that word to arise within us, to envelope us, to inform us, to center and ground us, and to emanate from us.
I’ve been in reflection for keynote words and themes as guides for the coming year — and several have arisen into my awareness (I’ll likely be writing about each soon) — so when I came upon Anna Lin’s post about the word ‘Holy‘ I wanted to pass it along to you.
It reminded me of a bit of holy wisdom I’ve shared before here at Sophia’s Children:
“Take off your shoes,
for the place where you are
standing is holy ground.”
Enjoy Anna Lin’s own reflection on this evocative word-reflection.
This morning I spent time in silence to see where my focus lies. My wandering mind tells me that I focus my energy on how to “fix” things — how to get to perfection. I was given the breath word HOLY for this day. It helps me to re-focus on all that is God, rather than on myself and my needs. This is a great help to prayer.
But I recognize this is also a great challenge to prayer. For within this awareness of the Holy, is the element of Holy Fear. Fear of this nature is fear of the unknown — fear of the mystery of God that is unknowable, that cannot be controlled or contained. I sense within me a fear of surrendering my power, my control. I sense a fear of unworthiness in the presence of the Holy One. Then I recall Luther’s explanation of the first…
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“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
~ Thomas Merton, American writer, mystic, and Trappist monk
For this Freyja Day musing, here’s a generous helping of very timely wisdom from a fellow Aquarian and sojourner on the Way, Thomas Merton.
Follow the links below, to Br. Merton’s insight on the greatest need of our time, and see what inspires and resonates with you.
“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes of all political and social life a mass illness.
Without this housecleaning, we cannot begin to see. Unless we see, we cannot think.”
~ Thomas Merton, American writer, mystic, and monk, in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
On the spiritual path (whatever you might call it), we often move through some pretty challenging passages that can serve to “polish the mirrors of our hearts” or “illuminate the eyes and ears of our hearts,” as well as sand away some of the mental and emotional rubbish, as the Aquarian monk, Br. Merton wrote.
Since Thomas Merton’s particular vibe of wise counsel is pretty in sync with these particular times, I’ve included several other wisdom-gems from him in a few previous Sophia’s Children…
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"Take off your shoes, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." (Exodus 3:5) Wishing You All Happy Holy Days; Crazy, Holy Grace; & An Illuminating Season of Lights, Jamie
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