November 3rd Week, 2022

Maple Branch 11/08/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Around the Block, Greensboro, North Carolina
There is much to be attuned to.

Living in accord with the Tao,
aligned with the spirit
that blows where it will,
situation by situation,
requires a degree of awareness/mindfulness
that we are not trained to initiate,
much less maintain.

We cannot expect to be so attuned
and aligned
without regular returns
to emptiness,
and silence.

How much time in a day
do you spend there?

Need I say more?

Without increasing the depth
and frequency of our attentive silence,
we are kidding ourselves
about being attuned to,
aligned and in accord with,
anything of the spirit
and the heart.

This doesn't mean we have to sit zazen
and chant "Om mani pad me hum."

It means we have to be attentive
to what stirs to life in the silence
and speaks to us in our nighttime dreams.

And that means we have to be quiet
and receptive
on a regular basis.



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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