I know it's a very unusual word to be a sacred word. It "came to me" one day while I was practicing centering prayer, and like I said, at the time I had no idea what it meant. I felt so compelled to use it that I have stuck with it ever since - it's probably been 12 or so years! I've learnt all kinds of things about the meaning and significance of the word "nothing" in a spiritual context that I won't go into right now.
Rohr's devotional added another little piece to the puzzle today. He is talking about using our breath as a way to pray and his concluding paragraph says,
"...When considered in this way, God is suddenly as available and accessible as the very thing we all do constantly—breathe. Exactly as some teachers of prayer say, “Stay with the breath, attend to your breath”—the same breath that was breathed into Adam’s nostrils by this Yahweh (Genesis 2:7); the very breath “spirit” that Jesus handed over with trust on the cross (John) and then breathed on us as shalom, forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit all at once (John 20:21-23). And isn’t it wonderful that breath, wind, spirit, and air are precisely nothing—and yet everything?"
There is a life time of learning in this statement, just as I have found with my sacred word.
For Rohr's devotional CLICK HERE
Thoughts, or comments?