“The spiritual life can only be lived in the present moment, in the now. All the great religious traditions insist upon this simple but difficult truth. When we go rushing ahead into the future or shrinking back into the past, we miss the hand of God, which can only touch us in the now.” Cynthia Bourgeault
“…People who are fully present know how to see fully; rightly, and truthfully. Presence is the one thing necessary, and in many ways, the hardest thing of all. Just try to keep your heart open, your mind without division or resistance, and your body not somewhere else. Presence is the practical, daily task of all mature religion and all spiritual disciplines. …Good religion, however is always about seeing rightly … And to see rightly is to be able to be fully present – without fear, without bias, and without judgment.” Richard Rohr
“Self absorbed and inattentive, we fail to notice the subtle ways in which Jesus is snagging our attention. William Barry wrote, ‘We must school ourselves to pay attention to our experience of life in order to discern the touch of God or what Peter Berger calls the rumor of angels from all the other influences on our experience.’” Brennan Manning
“This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Do you think you could be “missing the hand of God” by focusing on past regrets or attempting to control the future?
- Are you doing anything to learn “to be fully present – without fear, without bias, and without judgment?”
- What helps you to “school yourself to pay attention to your experience of life” in spite of all the other influences in your experience?
- Do you have a friend to join you in the goal of becoming less “self absorbed and inattentive” and of perceiving better “the subtle ways that Jesus is snagging your attention?”
Abba, I want to be routinely available to you in the now. Please help me to learn this hardest thing of all.
For More: Trusting in the Mercy of God by Cynthia Bourgealt
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“I practice daily what I believe; everything else is religious talk.”