December 08-A, 2020

Mt Rundle 09/19/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Vermillion Lakes, Banff National Park, Alberta
Being empty is the best way I know
to find your way through whatever
is in your way.

Overwhelmed is the end of the way.
Emptying ourselves of all that is overwhelming
is the beginning of the way.

No one ever found their way through overwhelmed
by being overwhelmed.
We find our way through overwhelmed
by emptying ourselves of the overwhelming,
which includes emptying ourselves of everything.

Try it, right now.
Take a deep breath,
exhale slowly,
and in the space between breaths,
empty yourself of everything.

Inhale normally,
exhale,
and in the space between breaths,
be aware of being empty of everything.

Do that for five more breaths.

That is all it takes to be empty of everything.
And that is to be open to all things.
Be empty and be open at the same time,
and wait there to see what arises
in the form of encouragement and hope
to comfort and sustain,
and see what may come of that.

In the silence between breaths,
we are not alone.
We only have to create a space
for encouragement and hope
to stir to life
and come to our aid.

In the silence between breaths,
we are helping our self,
our soul,
our heart, 
our unconscious...
help us,
presenting ourselves as the moved
to the mover,
being present to that which is present to us.

It is a different way of dealing
with being overwhelmed.
Breathing our way to doing what needs to be done
one moment at a time.

Empty and open.
Is the best way to be.

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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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