Monday, October 27, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In Praise of Leisure

Here's something I found over on Goodreads. How wonderful!

For moderns - for us - there is something illicit, it seems, about wasted time, the empty hours of contemplation when a thought unfurls, figures of speech budding and blossoming, articulation drifting like spent petals onto the dark table we all once gathered around to talk and talk, letting time get the better of us. Just taking our time, as we say. That is, letting time take us.

"Can you say," I once inquired of a sixty-year old cloistered nun who had lived (vibrantly, it seemed) from the age of nineteen in her monastery cell, "what the core of contemplative life is?"

"Leisure," she said, without hesitation, her china blue eyes cheerfully steady on me. I suppose I expected her to say, "Prayer." Or maybe "The search for God." Or "Inner peace." Inner peace would have been good. One of the big-ticket items of spirituality.

She saw I didn't see.

"It takes time to do this," she said finally.

Her "this" being the kind of work that requires abdication from time's industrial purpose (doing things, getting things). By choosing leisure she had bid farewell to the fevered enterprise of getting-and-spending whereby, as the poet said, we lay waste our powers.”

― Patricia HamplBlue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime

(photo found on Pinterest)
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Messages


"Why are you so afraid of silence? Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void, a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear."

~Rumi

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Joy!

May this wonderful evening be blessed for you all.

And do keep meditating!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Class is ON!

Center participants: Okay. It's raining outside. Rain. As in WET. (Not sleeting.) SO, we will have class. (But use your judgment. If you think it's unsafe, stay home!)

Friday, December 20, 2013

December 21 class?

Hello, everyone.

Please refer back to this spot regarding Saturday morning class cancellation for December 21, 2013. We are under ice storm warnings. 

Thursday, December 05, 2013

No Class Tonight

Hello, everyone!

Foundations class for tonight, December 5, 2013 is cancelled tonight due to the weather. Everybody stay safe!!

(And keep meditating, of course!)