Category Archives: Discernment

What Discernment Means

Courtesy berniesiegelmd.com

“Sometimes genuine discernment is wrongly seen as a mental decision about what is good followed by an act of will to carry out that good. I would say, rather, that discernment is the awareness of centered or not-centered energy in the organism…This awareness comes from an accumulated awareness of who we fully and genuinely are. It is knowing where our center – and hence our life – resides, as well as where it does not…As life builds up more and more sense of our total selves, more and more inclusion of body, mind, and emotion in our self-experience, it becomes less and less possible for us to choose against ourselves,….Discernment well made – that is, experience well known – makes choice natural, even easy. Choice is that decision either to retain boundaries of judgment manifested by blocked body energies or to risk letting in everything we are…In doing so we abandon predictions of how life will turn out, judgments of what is good or bad, assessments of what does or doesn’t fit. We simply live from our center.”

Suzanne Zuercher
Benedictine Sister

He will do the rest

Courtesy of gatesfoundation.org

What we do is very little. But it is like the little boy with a few loaves and fishes. Christ took that little and increased it. He will do the rest. What we do is so little that we may seem to be constantly failing. But so did he fail. He met with apparent failure on the Cross. But unless the seeds fall into the earth and die, there is no harvest.

-Dorothy Day

Trust

Trust in the Slow Work of God

by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1881-1955, Jesuit, Paleontologist, Biologist, Philosopher, and Visionary

Above all, trust in the slow work of God
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability-and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

Clarity

Now the moon is full
Long nights of not knowing gone
Awake with purpose

 

Reality

My lifelong quest has been to understand reality and to rest in the mystery when I don’t.  The most precious truth I have come to experience is love.  It has transformed my sense of self and other.  Rumi said it best, as he often does:

Find the real world, give it endlessly away, grow rich flinging gold to all who ask. Live at the empty heart of paradox. I’ll dance there with you—cheek to cheek.

Why am I thankful for a parking ticket?

I went to visit my friend in the city today.  I was lucky enough to find a parking spot right in front of her home.  As I turned off the car, I decided to use the parking brake because I was on a hill.  When I stepped onto the curb, I thought about the fact that I should have turned the wheels.  Nevertheless, I didn’t go back to my car to turn my wheels away from the curb.

I got a ticket for $50 because I didn’t listen to that quiet voice.  Seems like a small amount to pay to be reminded of the value of heeding inner wisdom.