Saturday, December 02, 2006

The fathomless mystery

Today I picked up a little book off my shelves called 100 Ways to Keep Your Soul Alive by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. I want to share with you a passage that they quote from a book called Now and Then:

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness; touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

-- Frederick Buechner

That is what we do when we cultivate mindfulness in the meditative tradition. We listen to our life. It's so easy to go through life not listening - as if we were on automatic pilot. Take a moment. Re-engage. And start again - with awareness this time.

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