January 16-B, 2023

Mabry Mill 04/20/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Responding to the occasion
in ways appropriate to the occasion
opens the way to being
at one with the moment,
in sync with the time and place
of our living,
aligned with the rhythm and flow
of life here/now,
doing what is called for,
and how it is called for--
the essence of peak experiences
throughout the world,
and it can be nothing more
than changing a diaper,
or feeding the cows in the barn.

This is called
"Living at the peak of the ordinary,"
and it is well within our reach
in each situation as it arises.

We miss it by looking for something better,
something finer,
something more.
Like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Living in paradise,
wanting something else.

It is all in how we look at 
what we have,
where we are.

In how we understand the importance
of rhythm and flow,
of what is called for,
by the circumstances
defining this time,
this place,
right here,
right now.

And that is contingent upon
how often and how long
we spend being empty
of all thoughts and emotions
in stillness and silence,
just being present 
with what is present with us,
with no expectations,
no opinions,
no judgment,
no fear,
no desire,
just being awake,
to all that arises unbidden
in the silence,
without engaging it,
being attached to it,
aroused by it,
just waiting,
just watching
to see/hear what is called for,
asked of us
by the conditions of our life
in the situation of our living.

It starts with receptive awareness
and goes where it needs to go,
as we work out the details
regarding balance and harmony,
compassion and integrity
in compliance with what is asked of us
all along the way.


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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