Monday, February 1, 2016

An Imperfect Reflection

“….To a visitor who described himself as a seeker after Truth the Master said, ‘If what you seek is Truth, there is one thing you must have above all else’.

‘ I know. An overwhelming passion for it’ .

‘No. An unremitting readiness to admit you may be wrong’. “

                           - Anthony De Mello SJ

The pilgrim looked up from his journal and whispered ,“the singer sang ‘pride comes before a fall.’” Returning to his journal he wrote …
“Imperfection is who we are. Anyone who believes they have achieved perfection has deceived himself.” He was aware of his own imperfection and his own pride in that he alone could improve his life. In some ways he felt unqualified to write about humility. In some ways he felt unqualified to write anything at all.

He recalled a story his teacher shared years ago;

“Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!" 
"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

The pilgrim stopped his writing and retreated to the place where he could let go and be present in gratitude for the sacredness of all life.

“If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy. If you write for men--you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while. If you write for yourself, you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted that you will wish that you were dead.”

Learn to Be Still - The Eagles ( RIP- Glen Frey- Thank you!)

Hymns to The Silence – Van Morrison

Hear Me Lord – George Harrison

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
                       - Ignatius of Loyola


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