What emerged today

All this running around

I am finding it hard to stop, these days...so many things to do; work demands, house demands as we go into winter; animal needs...but I am heartened by my small efforts to read and sit each day, and meditate. I feel that these times make a foundation for all the rest. And I am centred and reminded by two quotes this week:

 

Thomas Merton: To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. the frenzy of the activist neutralizes his or her work in the world.

Helen Luke: (on the trap of good works): She refers to "those who take refuge from themselves in an unreflective pursuit of good, pouring all their energy into the redemption of society and other people, while blind to their own personal darkness.

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Gabriele | Reply 17.11.2013 16.53

Thank-you for the reminder, Brenda, as I sit here with a full desk and a page full of to-do's!!! Your site is a breath of centered calm! Thanks!

Sylvia Verde | Reply 17.11.2013 16.28

A favourite metaphor: Put on your own oxygen mask before caring for infants or disabled. Silence & solitude are my "oxygen mask." Then I am a centred presence.

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10.12 | 08:27

I have browsed your comments on these books at various times and came back again now to be inspired to round out my selection for my 'winter reading'.

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Yes indeed...will show you tomorrow.

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02.12 | 19:20

I like these very much. The spirals amid stars and land especially feel like pure whimsy and joy. Black paper and gel pens, you say?.....

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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