December 21-A, 2022

Airborne 11/18/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
We have to sanctify the holy within
by listening to our body
and living from our heart
in all that we do.

We have to take our life back
from the things that do not matter,
and give ourselves 
to the things that do matter--
to ourselves and those whose life
is impacted by our life.

We have to reclaim our life
and put our body and our heart
in charge of how we spend our time,
aligning ourselves with the things
that feed our soul.

The spiritual quest is the search
for what is meaningful--
for what causes our little heart
to sing
and our little toes to tap,
and our little legs to dance
far into the night.

The Upanishads proclaimed as early
as the tenth to ninth centuries BCE,
"Thou Art That!"
"You are the one who knows what is meaningful!
What needs to be done!
What needs you to do it!
Why aren't you listening to yourself???
Why aren't you going and doing 
where and what yourself 
recognizes as being vital to your heart
and your life?"

Why aren't we?


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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