Tagged goodness

Pay Attention, for Goodness Sake

Life can be upsetting, friends. Loved ones can hurt us. Families especially can trigger us like detonation experts (this is not surprising since they installed the triggers). We can have the most loving intentions, feel mindful and present, and in a flash, given just the right word or gesture, it can be all gone. We glimpse ourselves lashing out, acting twelve years old. Was it even real? Those we take as spiritual guides can hurt us too, demolishing our trust in a practice and in our own possibilities with a remark that reveals their own limitation. Last Sunday, my friends…

Walking Outdoors

The true contemplative is not the one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is “answered,” it is not so much by a world that bursts into his silence. It is by silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing…