Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Not Just for the Elite

I have known people who say they don't have the time to meditate. To them it is for people who have a life of luxury and the "free time" to sit around and do nothing.

Ah, but how sad that is. They are missing out on the wonders of a life that gets in touch with itself and the universe around them. To be busy is to lose sight. To be busy is to miss the still small voice. In the Christian tradition the classic, Practice of the Presence of God, disproves everything people might say about those who can afford the time to meditate. The author, Brother Lawrence, lived in the 17th Century. Born Nicolas Herman he:

entered the priory in Paris as a lay brother, not having the education necessary to become a cleric, and took the religious name, "Lawrence of the Resurrection". He spent almost all of the rest of his life within the walls of the priory, working in the kitchen for most of his life and as a repairer of sandals in his later years.
No matter what, no matter where, he developed the spirit and soul of one in touch with the Holy.

So for today I leave you with a thought to meditate upon. Not from one who spent his hours doing nothing in order to pray and meditate, but rather spent his days meditating and praying so he could do all else.
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
― Brother Lawrence

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