July 07-C, 2022

Through the Windows 09 Oil Paint Images — Through the Windows Collection
In the emptiness, stillness and silence,
everything comes up for inspection.
If we can hold it in our awareness
as interested observers,
without engaging with any of it,
just watching,
just seeing,
just knowing,
we can discover how our experience
has impacted us 
by the frequency with which 
things appear to pass in review.
and by our tendency to be "hooked"
by some things more than others.

In question here is our perspective
and how we evaluate our experiences
in light of their--what?

What are our memories reminding us of?
What is the perspective reflected
in the memories we remember,
and cannot stop thinking about?

What does the weight we give certain experiences
and the way we think about them,
interpret them,
assign meaning to them
say about the way our perspective of events
has shaped our life
in ways that a different perspective
of the same events
would not have?

What happened to us is not as much 
of a burden
as how we reacted to what happened to us.
How we reacted
and continue to react
is determined by the perspective we had/have
regarding the experiences
that remain vibrantly alive for us,
even now, even so, even yet.

Reflecting on our perspective
offers the possibility of new realizations,
insight, enlightenment, awakening, freedom
and life,
even now, even so, even yet.

All because we sat quietly
and watched what appeared
in the silence.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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