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The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, October 30, 2014

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” –  Philippians 4:8

 

Thoughts matter. They are often the roots of feelings and behavior, toward our self and toward others.

Thoughts powerfully separate us from each other and our awareness of God, and they can also profoundly connect us.

May my day and all my thoughts arising within it be an affirmation of God’s love.

Anything is possible through this excellent way – for my life and for all the people I love and interact with today.


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The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.”   – Matthew 7:13-14 

I observe in my self a constriction that does not lead to love.

It’s an inward turning around the hub of fear that froze solid in me long ago. But that hub is thawing out in the silence of God’s love, and no longer my deepest center.

Through experience, I notice that the constriction leads only to an inner hell of division from self and others.

Meanwhile, the Center deeper than any constriction leads only to the heaven of connection with others and freedom from self.

Love is the narrow gate that leads to the road of awakening and thawing.

As we travel this road of awakening we discover our quality of life improves because we are getting into the warmer Center where Christ is the light of our inner world despite whatever darkness any constriction might bring.

And, in that warmth everything frozen melts and flourishes into some unexpected beauty.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, October 28, 2014

“Be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror.  He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like.” – James 1:22-25

On the spiritual journey, it’s easy to value love and talk about love,  but can you see how you resist love, limit love, control love?

Love does. Love remembers. Love stays present and doesn’t disappear into the self. Love is awake and awakens, deeper in you and expanded toward others – even those who critique, reject and befuddle you.

To notice where we disappear, judge and resist is to see our me-dynamic clearly. And, very often just to see it is to free it, inwardly, spiritually, psychologically.

May our rest in the Silence not only enable us to hear the word of love, but also do the word of love, and beyond hearing and doing, simply become love – unmovable amid the provocations, judgements and distractions in our work and relationships.


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The Contemplative Companion for Monday, October 27, 2014

“This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the Sabbath day from this bondage?”  - Luke 13:10-17

When I rest in the silence long enough, I’m often freed from the deluge of my thoughts.

It’s then that Presence most deeply awakens me into love, healing the myriad of voices that wish to contradict its peace.

This is the silent side of sanctification.


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The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, October 16, 2014

 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ.” – Ephesians 1.3

While there are many influences that I observe in my life, I wish to feel the experience of being in Christ.

What might deepen my awareness of this gift today?


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The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“Brothers and sisters: If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” – Galatians 5.18

I begin this day with a wish to be as free as possible from the law of recurrence.

God of freedom, help me to learn from my observations and grow in Essence so to draw a different life.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5.1

Sensing my body and observing my thoughts and feelings, I discover where I am constricted and ask for the liberating grace that connects my awareness more deeply in Christ where all binds are released and resolved by Love.


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