Put your ear down close to your soul
and listen hard.
How still must one be to hear the soul’s message? How quiet?
We live in a noisy world. Sitting to write I turned off all the sound makers. No TV, no music, no blowing fans. For a brief moment I felt the presence of silence. It was solid- hanging in the air, it surrounded me, strong and calm.
But it did not last long. The noise makers I could not control begin to buzz with motors and gears. The heater came on, the ice maker filled with water and dropped cubes into the tray. Birds arrived on the feeders with song and chatter.
Does the call to still quiet have anything to do with noise from outside?
Anne Sexton, from Letter Written on a Ferry.
Between the dark sky and the dark earth we hang a light in a dark tree and sing of our wonder together.
Quote: Pir Elias Amidon
Photo: Tien Vu
taken from A Network of Grateful Living
I believe that the world was created and approved by love,
that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that,
insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.
Quote: Wendell Berry
Give yourself time to make a prayer that will become the prayer of your soul. Listen to the voices of longing in your soul. Listen to your hungers. Give attention to the unexpected that lives around the rim of your life. Listen to your memory and to the in rush of your future, to the voices of those near you and those you have lost. Out of all of that attention to your soul, make a prayer that is big enough for your wild soul, yet tender enough for your shy and awkward vulnerability; that has enough healing to gain the ointment of divine forgiveness for your wounds; enough truth and vigour to challenge your blindness and complacency; enough graciousness and vision to mirror your immortal beauty. Write a prayer that is worthy of the destiny to which you have been called.
Quote: John O’Donohue
Excerpt from ETERNAL ECHOES
Photo: Ann Cahill