I’m back in my own place again. The disruption and stimulation of travel is behind me for awhile. The time away was fine. I felt the disruption at first, but then quite easily moved into a place of rest. I think my observation and reflection habit is part what keeps me grounded. I could see the empty creches around me and experience what felt like an empty spirituality, yet I’m fine. I know so clearly that the Light I once saw outside of me and calling to me, is alive within me. Doesn’t matter where I go, or what the people are doing around me, I know the Presence of God within me. In a very real sense, I’m home wherever I am. The manger is full.
In the UK Contemplative Fire Newsletter,
(see www.contemplativefire.ca/Resources) I found the following quote:
I would love to live like a river flows, Carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. “Fluent”, John O’Donohue (Conamara Blues
Are you familiar with John O’Donohue’s voice? If not, do find him on Youtube and enjoy his warmth and accent. I can hear him saying those words. A river is a river. Most often it’s moving, flowing. It swells and shrinks with the seasons and weather patterns, while remaining a river.
We often speak these days of ‘being in the flow’ or another expression of being ‘in the zone’. For me ‘the flow’ is being open to the Divine Presence, to the Spirit of God. It is being in a place of ease, rest, receptivity, surrender, a place of allowing the Spirit to move, to carry me along.
When I was away, initially I felt some disruption, some rocks falling off the cliffside into my river, some unseasonal rainfall. But soon I recognized, rather unconsciously that the disruption wasn’t me. I’m still the river. I’m still in the flow. I’m still flowing. And I begin to relax again, amidst the chaos, the emptiness, I relax. I trust. I can allow myself to be carried along by the surprise of The Spirit. I can let life unfold as The Spirt wills.
And you Gentle Reader… are you this day, resisting or flowing? What is the state of your river today?
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Love and prayers
Mystic in Motion
Contemplative Fire, Community Leader Canada