Be dressed and ready with your lamps lit. Luke 12:35
What do you need to put down in order to be ready to receive?
In contrast to drowsy relaxation,
contemplation is readiness in its heightened state,
as in: Ready! Steady! Wait!
For, in any given moment,
grace makes an unassuming appearance
should you be quietly alert, poised and ready to receive her.
allows prayer to blossom into undivided presence—
being ‘now’ and nowhere else.
Here wonder erupts and sweetly ripens—
fruit of radical hospitality—
into that eager desire to unwrap the surprising present.
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.
Absolute unmixed attention is prayer. Simone Weil
Stooping to examine the fruits of presence
leads to grounded living—
being intently focused and wholly here:
captivated by majesty
devastated by tragedy, inspired by miracles,
moved by mystery.
My heart is ready, Holy One, ready is my heart;
I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul!
As awareness deepens,
we reach out to be touched
and the saturated moment overflows into blessing.
when hearts stretch and minds open,
allowing generous kinship to widen.
All things are ready, if our minds be so. William Shakespeare, Henry V
When abundance peaks
through this gracious embrace of life
we enter the sanctuary of awe.
Now, reverence weaves a silence
that melts into gratitude,
uncapping an infinite well of great fullness.
And gratefulness is just the prelude to joy.
No joy without gratitude.
This surest sign of Presence cannot be manufactured.
I will give thanks to you, Holy One, among the peoples,
and I will sing praises to You among the nations.
Innate inquisitiveness beckons us to look more deeply,
to savor and connect with life,
which further fuels amazement.
Such curiosity—caring enough to inquire—
is a natural trait of children, whose ready openheartedness
earns them primacy in the Realm of the Reachable.
‘I tell you truly, whoever does not receive God’s Realm like a little child will never enter it.’ And he embraced them, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:15-16
On the other hand, disassociated living—
conceding to the rote and routine of acting and reacting—
is soul-sleeping sickness.
Relentlessly cruising from task to task—
reaching for the next, bypassing the now—
life over-washes yet fails to rouse us.
There are multiple realities surrounding me
and I know that I must keep the eyes of my heart open
to allow all of existence to be. Catherine Garland
Even a scintilla of presence
can draw the heart’s inquisitive eye
and spark wakefulness.
…for everything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore it says, ‘Awake sleeper! Arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.’ Ephesians 5:14
How light to be enlightened!
We need only to let down our guard,
open our eyes and let in delight.
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