Archive for November, 2010

I arise

I arise today

through the strength of Heaven

light of sun

radiance of moon

splendor of fire

speed of lightning

swiftness of wind

depth of sea

stability of earth

firmness of rock.

— St. Patrick’s Breastplate, 4th stanza


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…But the luminous beauty of seascape invites to a different journey. Here a gender perspective creeps in. I have already suggested that the suppression of the watery depths, symbol of chaos, is linked with the death of the goddess and the repression of female sexuality. Victorin Vangerud suggests a shift in perspective from Desert Fathers to Ocean Mothers, in order to recover sacred place as seascape. The Mothers she quotes — all contemporary writers — find here elemental mystery as well as community. In the expansiveness of the sea like the expansiveness of the holy, ‘an expansiveness of the heart shared in love’ is discovered.

— Mary C. Grey, “Sacred Longings”, p. 96

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Aching for God

And I was wanting nothing and

it was fullness and it was like aching for God

and it was touch and warmth and

darkness and no time and no words and we flowed

and I flowed and I was not empty

and I was given up to the dark and

in the darkness I was not lost

and the wanting was like fullness and I could

hardly hold it and I was held and

you were dark and warm and without time and

without words and you held me.

— Janet Morley, “All Desires Known”, p. 56

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We long for authentic experiences of Sacred Presence. We long too for the healing of those broken communities in which we now feel trapped. We long for communities practicing relations of intimacy and mutuality. All of this comes together in our yearning for justice. Our longing for reconciliation and an end to violence is realized only by the prioritizing of justice. Longing for water, longing for life and longing for God come together in a resting place where desires are satisfied and fulfilled in justice for vulnerable communities and the earth’s own economy. This is our yearning, our hope: that the earth’s woundedness will be over and together we shall know each other in a flowing world where our yearnings are realized in truth, peace and love. Only then will we awaken to a deeper yearning, and know ourselves held and cherished by the desire of God.

— Mary C. Grey, “Sacred Longings: The Ecological Spirit and Global Culture”, p. 211

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Heart search

Our prayer is a heart-search…

It is better in prayer

to have a heart without words

than words

without a heart.

— Ghandi, cited in Sharma, Holistic Economics, p. 78. From Harijan, 29 August, 1936.

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To love

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own significance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never forget.

— Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living, New York: The Modern Library, 1999.

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* All circumstances can be changed in a moment, and all illness can be healed.  The Divine is not limited by human time, space, or physical concerns.

* Be consistent: live what you believe.

* Change is constant.  Every life goes through phases of difficult change as well as peace.  Learn to go with the flow of change rather than try to stop change from occurring.

* Never look to another person to make you happy — happiness is an internal, personal attitude and responsibility.

* Life is essentially a learning experience.  Every situation, challenge, and relationship contains some message worth learning or teaching to others.

* Positive energy works more effectively than negative energy in each and every situation.

* Live in the present moment, and practice forgiveness of others.

— Caroline Myss, “Anatomy of the Spirit”, p. 61

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