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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Allow Silence

Be A Blessing

For Equilibrium, a Blessing:

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.”

Last night at Spirituality Group, we spoke about the necessity of words in expressing what is within us. We use words to explore the world, to explain it, to understand it. We humans attempt to communicate in words even when we don't speak the same language. There are, of course, gestures of kindness, hatefulness, and actions without words that affect us deeply. But because we are sentient beings, speech is our bread and butter, our currency; the complexity of our language is what makes us somewhat different from other animals. When we pray, however, when we are in the presence of Spirit, words are not necessary. And, in fact, they often get in the way of reverence.

We are less likely to experience grace if we are busy formulating the right words to say to express our love, our need, our yearning, our fear, our gratitude. Deep prayer takes the form of silent awareness in which nothing is misunderstood; nothing muddied by our clumsy attempts to describe. Spirit does not need our words; our hearts are easily readable. We are known. Today, may the space between us be blessed.

                                                               In the Spirit,

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