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Let God be God in you.

~Meister Eckhart

Categories: Continuous Prayer and Prayer. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

When We Listen to the Bell

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef My first introduction to a meditation bell or singing bowl was at my first Shalem staff meeting over four years ago. I clearly remember hearing it ring out—the warm vibrations had an immediate calming influence. It seemed the obvious and natural way to lead us into silence, even though […]

Maybe, sometimes,
in the midst of things going terribly wrong,
something is going just right.

~Gerald May

 

Categories: Continuous Prayer, Loss, Prayer, and Self Compassion. Tags: Gerald May and Jerry May. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

For prayer is nothing else
than being on terms of friendship with God.

~Teresa of Ávila

Categories: Continuous Prayer, Non-duality, and Prayer. Tags: Friendship, God, prayer, and teresa of avila. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

All that is necessary is
to have a soul united within itself.

~Martin Buber

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Simplicity comes
when we are
wholly yielded
to God.
~Thomas Kelly

 

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Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
~Mary Oliver

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The stillness and the peace of now enfold you
in perfect gentleness.

 

~A Course in Miracles

Gabriel’s Towing Service

I was rescued by an angel named Gabriel. It was the last day of our retreat and our leader offered some suggestions. She said it was best to not rush off from the retreat to try to catch up on all the things we didn’t get done. She encouraged us to take our time, drive slowly and rest as we eased back into our busy work schedule. Of course, I felt that somehow I was exempt from her instructions.

The minute the retreat was over and we said our goodbyes, I hopped into my car, threw my bags in the backseat and tried to get out of the parking lot before it got jammed up. Not more than 40 seconds later I found my car bucking, jerking, revving, and on the verge of stalling at the next traffic light. I was horrified and immediately filled with dread. I had no time to deal with a problem car.

Lucky for me I made it to the next large building, a spa. I found it interesting to have just left a retreat center and to barely have made it to the parking lot of a spa. I parked the car, gave it a grimacing look, and went to the spa to call Triple A. I growled at myself for not having listened to our retreat leader and wondered if I was being punished for not following the directions.

Into Spring and Beyond

Pulling in to the monastery, the snow was piled high on the abbey grounds. The walkways were cleared, as the monks had fastidiously kept the paths open for themselves and any guests who would take advantage of their hospitality. I arrived on a chilly day that began less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit—one of several guests seeking a quiet retreat. It had been a long snowy season, and this cold morning was perhaps one last, serious squeeze from old man winter.