Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Focusing Our Minds and Hearts

Volumes have been written on this subject, "Focusing Our Minds and Hearts," but Henry Nouwen boils it down beautifully here into a couple of paragraphs:

"How can we stay in solitude when we feel that deep urge to be distracted by people and events? The most simple way is to focus our minds and hearts on a word or picture that reminds us of God. By repeating quietly: "The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want," or by gazing lovingly at an icon of Jesus, we can bring our restless minds to some rest and experience a gentle divine presence.

"This doesn't happen overnight. It asks a faithful practice. But when we spend a few moments every day just being with God, our endless distractions will gradually disappear."

These reflections are taken from Henri J.M. Nouwen's Bread for the Journey

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