We've lost our son. Two people dear to me have recently been diagnosed with cancer, and one has made relationship decisions that have significant and difficult ramifications for me.
Of course, my protests do not make things stop.
I wander around, looking for signs of possibility. Here are a few I've picked up along the way:
"Despair is a loss of our sense of connectedness."
~ David Richo
~ found on Spiritually Directed
"I am increasingly convinced that the word prayer, which has become a functional and pious thing for all believers to do, is in fact, a descriptor for inner experience. That is why all spiritual teachers mandate prayer so much. They are saying, "Go inside and know for yourself!". . . . As Jesus graphically puts it, prayer is 'going to your private room and shutting the door and [acting] in secret.' (Matthew 6:16)"
~ Richard Rohr in Hidden Things: Scripture as Spirituality
~ found on Purpletologically Speaking
Prayer is not primarily saying words or thinking thoughts. It is, rather, a stance. It's a way of living in the Presence, living in awareness of the Presence, and even of enjoying the Presence.The full contemplative is not just aware of the Presence, but trusts, allows, and delights in it. All spiritual disciplines have one purpose: to get rid of illusions so we can be present. These disciplines exist so that we can see what is, see who we are, and see what is happening.
~ Richard Rohr in Everything Belongs
~ found on The Mercy Blog
It's difficult to be present these days.