Treading lightly on the earth.
A line in nature's liturgy.
A way to be,
a way to show up,
a gateway into "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding."
A fruit of the Spirit.
Interwoven into the fabric of a spiritually mature person's life who is kind and loving.
Mysteriously emerges from times of
"Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender."
"Not harsh or severe; mild and soft."
- - -Gentleness plays a major role in contemplation.
As many times as I turn away,
or get distracted from abiding,
I can return.....gently.
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Society is hooked on violence and I am complicit in so many ways.
Note to self re: gentleness - - do no harm!
Being driven and obsessed is not gentle.
Gentleness is like an older,
wiser, travel companion who
by their very presence
reminds me to slow down
and enjoy the journey.
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If I want to get in touch (with gentleness) I can:
Observe and learn from my mentors the trees as they simply stand tall in the winter mist.
Walk as if I am on holy ground.
Feel cold air on my face as it touches my cheeks like a feather.
Let the sweet smell of mountain air lightly touch the inside of my nose and surprise me with its heavenly aroma.
Stop once and a while to abide in naked being.
Watch cottonwood float through the air in springtime.
"Consider the Lillie's of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin."