Word Continuing to share items from The BeZine, our sister publication. Today's sharing is from Lisa Ashley. Lisa is one of my chaplains in juvenile detention. In this non-fiction piece, she shares of the gentle relationships we develop among the most vulnerable staff. I share an excerpt from her and encourage you to read the entire piece at The BeZine. I Can Trust You, an excerpt from Lisa Ashley Two of Manuel’s co-workers used to watch the TV news during their break. Whenever Trump came on they would say, “That’s my guy!” Manuel told me they talked about the wall Trump promised to build. They said it was a good thing. “Right in front of me. They said that. That really hurt my feelings,” Manuel tells me. His head dips down towards his plate. When Manuel was first hired some twel
“The emergence and blossoming of understanding, love, and intelligence has nothing to do with any tradition, no matter how ancient or impressive — it has nothing to do with time. It happens completely on its own when a human being questions, wonders, listens, and looks without getting stuck in fear, pleasure, and pain. When self concern is quiet, in abeyance, heaven and earth are open. The mystery, the essence of all life is not separate from the silent openness of simple listening.” — Toni Packer What are you noticing about your level of self-concern? ... for Mindful Monday Source: http://www.springwatercenter.org/toni-packer/ Photo Credit: "Arnica from high plains trail 5/2010," John, 2010.
Lately, my ears are ringing from the sound of too many words, my eyes burn from reading too many words, my mind aches from thinking too many words, and my voice is tired from speaking too many words. In that spirit, today I offer you Rumi: “Keep silence,” be mute; if you have not yet become the tongue of God, be an ear. Rumi (from Mathnawi, II-3456) Shhh... Silence is the ground of your being. ... for Mindful Monday © March 9, 2015, post: Donna Pierce Photo credit: TheGiantVermin, "Dog Ear," taken 4/5/14