God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. – Genesis 1:31-2:3 (CEB)
“Contemplation is training you to see the overlooked wholeness of things.”
Over the last few months, I’ve been reading The Divine Danceby Richard Rohr. In it, he writes about the Trinity and living within its “flow.” It’s take me a few months to read it, because I’m reading it devotionally in the morning. Only a few pages at a time. But I think that’s how it’s meant to be read. With pauses.
Living within the community of the Trinity – within its flow of loving mutuality of giving and receiving – is a sacramental way of living in the world. I would also commend to you Sacraments of Life | Life of the Sacramentsby Leonardo Boff, if you are seeking to live this way.
I’ve been struck by much in The Divine Dance, my soul often crying out “Yes!” and “Amen!” to what he writes. It is lovely when someone puts into words the feelings of your heart. Which is why I can only read a few pages at a time before I need to pause and reflect.It is lovely when someone puts into words the feelings of your heart. Click To Tweet
One thing I’ve been holding onto and meditating on is this statement: “People who do not believe in miracles never experience miracles.” Here, he talks about experiencing something rather than just seeing it. But to do this, we need to train ourselves to live experientially. We need to learn to pause.
When you allow yourself to be led into awe and wonder, when you find yourself in an aha!moment and savor it consciously(remember that joy and happiness take a minimum of fifteen conscious seconds to imprint on your neurons)., then you can have a genuinely new experience; otherwise, you will fit everything back into your old paradigm, and it won’t really be an experienceat all. It will be at best be a passing diversion, a momentary distraction from your common “cruise control” of thoughts and feelings.
I often take a walk in the early morning. It is one of my sacraments of life. I often thank God for being healthy enough to walk, the crispness of the air, the snow shadows, the birds signing, the sun shining. But it is a quick thank you as my mind moves on to the next thing.
But this summer, on my walks but also throughout my day, I’m training myself to be more contemplative.
To pause for those 15 seconds and simply take it what I see and hear.
To pause for 15 seconds to experience a miracle.
And so I offer you some of the pauses from this morning’s walk for your contemplation.
“Contemplation is training you to see the overlooked wholeness of things.” - Richard Rohr Click To Tweet
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