Encouragement for the Journey 24 April 2016

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Encouragement for the Journey 24 April 2016

Encouragement for the Journey

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Greetings fellow traveller,

Like many of you, I learnt my X’s table by rote with constant repetition, somehow, something happened and I memorised the tables. Repetition is a method for learning, howbeit, not so common these days. Today I repeat familiar words; we need to live in this present moment with all its ambiguities and uncertainties.

Future thinking is a strange and mysterious experience, we can have our hopes and dreams, but ultimately we need to live in this moment.

Robert Lax (American Poet) who lived over thirty years on the Greek Island of Patmos. Wrote in his journal of 22 July 1969

To be enlightened is not to shine: nor to bring multitudes to a hill where one sits cross – legged, to listen. It is to know what one is doing (or even, perhaps, to enjoy it)

I really like his thinking, for we have complicated life and faith, setting faith apart in a compartment within our lives. For there is but, one life, and in that life, we seek to know what one is doing. I find that beautifully simple and yet profound.

I recall Jesus saying something very similar; I have come that you might have life, life in all its fullness. That is being fully alive, to know what one is doing, to see, hear, feel, smell, taste and touch life as we travel along its journey. When this happens we have come truly alive in God and God is alive in us.

These words of John O’Donohue in his poem Fluent are a favourite of mine:

I would love to live

Like a river flows,

Carried by the surprise

Of its own unfolding

That to me is living in the moment, being carried by the energy of life, which continues to surprises us.

Meanwhile Peace in the awareness of life

Alf

PS.  ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but, in seeing with new eyes.’  

–  Marcel Proust