February 25-A, 2023

The Wasteland 06 Oil Paint Rendered — Digital Art of the Namib Desert
We all would like to be better off
but we lack clarity,
and settling for where we are
seems to be as safe a bet
as striking off in any direction
on the hunch/hope
things will be better there
if we can get there.

We need better information.
Reliable information.
Trustworthy information.
And when everyone is promising 
to save us
it makes sense 
to distrust everyone
and set about saving ourselves
as best we can.

Which gets around to
the importance of
and silence
in dousing the truth
in a land of anything but.

And learning to trust
the drift of our own soul
in knowing and doing 
what needs to be done,
when/where/how it needs to be done.

These things are not to be known
by thinking.

Reason, logic, intellect, analytics and calculation
have no way of accessing 
the regions familiar to
instinct, intuition, insight, realization,
knowing what we know
and feeling what we feel.

It takes practice to find our way
along a way
that can be seen only in hindsight.
Practicing emptying ourselves
of all thoughts, memories, emotions
and sending all of these things 
into the void
the moment we become aware of them.

Practicing embracing the silence
in the stillness of just being here/now,
watching, waiting, 
conscious of what arises/emerges/appears
seeing what is called for
and how we respond,
all without thinking/planning/contriving,
just watching/waiting
to see what we do.


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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