April 30-A, 2023

Goodale 11/07/2016 Oil Paint Rendered — Adams Mill Pond, Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
Balance and harmony,
peace and tranquility
are the grounding qualities 
enabling the kind of reflection
that leads to realization
and right-action.

They are countered 
by noise and complexity
drama and trauma--
the destabilizing aspects
of our environment
our life too often encounters.

Thus requiring regular recurring retreats
to emptiness, stillness and silence
in order to return to the anchor stone
and avail ourselves of reflection
and realization.

Our life is a rhythmical flow
from stabilization to destabilization
back to stabilization.

From balance and harmony
to noise and complexity,
back to balance and harmony.

Practice recognizing your present state
and the routine required to maintain or 
return to the state required
for seeing/knowing/doing/being
in sync with the movement of vitality and life
through each situation as it arises.

A structuring practice smooths the flow
and leads the way through the heaving waves
and clashing rocks of the daily round.  


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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