I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
Prior to that, it was believed that the seat of thought, emotion and will was the heart. Which actually makes sense because if you’ve ever paid attention, we feel emotions in our bodies – particularly around our chest. Thoughts quickly follow from emotions and our will is determined between the two. Today we think of the heart as symbolic of our emotions, but in the Egyptian, Greek and Roman worlds, the heart was the center of not just emotion, but of thought and will as well
What if I told you that I held the secret to meditating like Jesus did? And that I have been practicing it with amazing results for 15 years? And I can teach you the secret to meditating like Jesus did. Would you pay me $29.95 for access to an online book explaining the secret of this great mystery? Pay to attend a seminar to learn under my expert guidance? How about if I threw in a money back guarentee – use the technique for 90 days and if you are not completely satisfied,
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Let me share a few things about myself which may not be immediately clear just from reading my blog: I became a mother at age 21. Last year I took my first commercial flight since I was 3. I have never been outside of the USA. I have done almost no traveling outside of the Midwest. I was planning to be a high school English teacher before I became a mother. I have 5 kids and two step-children. I am entirely self-taught re scripture, religion, philosophy/rhetoric, psychology,
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I became a mother at age 21. Last year I took my first commercial flight since I was 3. I have never been outside of the USA. I have done almost no traveling outside of the Midwest. I was planning to be a high school English teacher before I became a mother. I have 5 kids and two step-children. I am entirely self-taught re scripture, religion, philosophy/rhetoric, psychology, ANE culture, and other topics I discuss here. I have never been able to learn a foreign language. I h
“I am.” -God “Be Present” is one of those great spiritual truths like Love, Peace an Compassion. I’m sure books have been written on why this is so, but so far the teaching of it has been lax at best. And no matter how much people on TV swear by it, meditating for an hour a day just isn’t practical. But there are ways to learn to be more present that don’t put you in any danger of falling asleep while in the lotus pose. To start learning to be present, start where you shou