February 19-A, 2023

November Orchard 11/06/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Springs Farms, York County, South Carolina
We have opinions that shut us off
from our life. 

We do not live objectively,
mindfully aware of what is going on
within us and around us.

We are blind to the realities
in control of what we do
and do not.

Our nighttime dreams
try to get through to us.
Our slips of the tongue.
Our selective "forgetting"
things that reflect our ambivalence about,
or opposition to,
things we say we "love."

Contradictions that live within us
determine choices we make
not-knowing why we make them.

We think we mean one thing
while doing another,
and do not know
who is "running the show."

require that we commune with ourselves
in an on-going and regular way,
so that we know what we know
and are clear about who we are
and how things are with us
on all levels
all of the time.

We do not kid ourselves,
fool ourselves,
deceive ourselves,
lie to ourselves,
tell ourselves what we want to hear--
but live as one with ourselves,
within and without.

Anything less than mindful oneness
will not do.

Listening to our dreams
and conducting routine hearing/listening sessions
with ourselves
regarding where we stand with all 
that is at issue in our life,
are essential to a life well-lived,
in balance and harmony with ourselves
and our circumstances.

Knowing our own mind
is essential knowing.

We get there by hearing/listening
to ourselves.


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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