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Allowing the outer world to open inner doors

Is anyone noticing that the world and its heightened threats, turmoils, wars, repetitive hysterical news and cartoon leaders is becoming overwhelming in its demands for attention, for anxiety, for hysteria, for overhwhelming, battering bad news?

My ninety-year old aunt, a news addict if I ever saw one, every day recounts to me all the disasters from wars and murders to abuse of children in day care and the torturing of cats, which - according to her - people are doing again but now getting arrested for it. She is completely addicted, which I often attempt to lead her to see - but impossible it is.

I believe now that such an "addiction" comes from the fear and anxiety that underlines most of our lives in this anxiety-ridden age. But it can do something else, something opening and deepening as well. A point is reached - when you recognize it, when you step back and examine its effects on your own life - when you can make a choice to step out of that daily pounding, repetitive news blast into a chosen time of quiet or even silence; of reading and writing, of listening to music, of turning into the mystery of your own soul - which - believe it or not - need NOT be affected by the outer delirium. In fact, opening the inner doors, is what is demanded of us now. It is where wisdom lives. There are many many paths to that door, but opening it is what's required...

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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30.07 | 19:22

As someone journeying with people receiving palliative care, I read the article on liminal spaces with much appreciation and resonance. Thank you!

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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