Friday, December 20, 2013

A New, But Really Old, Software

From Richard Rohr:

A New, But Really Old, Software

Meditation 42 of 52

The early but learned pattern of dualistic thinking can get us only so far; so all religions at the more mature levels have discovered “software” for processing the really big questions, such as death, love, infinity, suffering, and God. Many of us call this access “contemplation.” It is a non-dualistic way of seeing the moment.  Originally, the word was simply “prayer.”
It is living in the naked now, the “sacrament of the present moment,” that will teach us how to actually experience our experiences, whether good, bad, or ugly, and how to let them transform us. Words by themselves invariably divide the moment; pure presence lets it be what it is, as it is.
When you can be present, you will know the Real Presence. I promise you this is true.
And it is almost that simple.
Adapted from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, p. 12

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love.   Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer."

- Simone Weil, in An Anthology