The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, September 14, 2017

During my summer break, I both heard and read some unforgettable quotes from a few unforgettable beings of wisdom. Here is a sampling from my pile, in no particular order:

“You are the sun behind the cloud of words.” – Rumi

“You are the place where I stand when my feet are sore. – Ancient Irish saying

“More things have been achieved by slyness than by force, and the wise have more often defeated the brave [and powerful] than vice versa.” – Baltasar Gracian

“How does a part of the world leave the world? How can wetness leave water?…Don’t wash a wound with blood…No matter how fast you run, your shadow more than keeps up. Sometimes it’s in front. Only full, overhead sun diminishes your shadow. But that shadow has been serving you!…What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle. Your boundaries, your quest.” – Rumi, Enough Words

This last quote from Rumi bolsters me as I dedicate a portion of my silence and stillness to all who are suffering and displaced by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In such events, our human vulnerability is exposed more clearly for the fact that it is. A vulnerability often hidden beneath our comprehensive dependency upon electricity and gasoline. Yet so too is our human relationality revealed: a bond of care and sorrow for the suffering of so many, and indeed, the suffering of the planet.

Following chaos, we feel into how we can help, and take action.


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