Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Echoes of the spirit

A few years ago I gave myself a copy of Small Graces by Kent Nerburn for Christmas. Here's an excerpt that I stumbled upon not too long ago:
I try always to look upon the world and the people I meet as echoes of my spirit. I know that if I am speaking with deceit, deceit will be echoed back to me . . . Likewise, if I find that I am constantly cheerful, full of brightness and hope, or deeply contemplative in the presence of a particular person, I know I am in the presence of a gracious spirit, and I am echoing the gift that is being given to me. It is as if the lesson of the echo contains the secret to understanding the space between us all. 
This is really valuable to ponder as we are starting to come to the close of the old year and soon will be welcoming the new.

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