September 11-C, 2022

Reeds at Abbot Lake 05/25/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Peaks of Otter, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford, Virginia
We cannot be in this moment here/now
and be thinking about,
engaged with,
some other moment,
past or future.

To be here/now
is to be here/now.

Empty of everything
but what is happening here/now.

How often are you ever there?
For how long?

How long can you be here/now?
Before shifting over
to some other place to be?

This moment has to be the only moment
if we are going to offer here
what the moment needs from us.

We cannot do that absent-mindedly.
We cannot be somewhere else
and do here what needs to be done,
when, where, and how it needs to be done.

Do you want your dentist to fill a cavity
while watching TV?

It takes practice
to be still, silent, and empty
in order to be here/now,
present, open, aware of
what is happening
and what needs to be done about it,
moment by moment,
in each situation as it arises.

What is the nature of your practice?
How often do you practice?
For how long?


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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