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August 1st "Time for a Tune-Up"
"In studying Yoga, teachers of all traditions will advise students to be still after certain positions in order to feel the benefit of the pose. This is a great practice for all of life. In countless ways, we work so hard to get there, only to bypass feeling the deep rewards of inhabiting the space we arrive in. This is especially true in how we touch each other. We are often so preoccupied with the next move -- or if there will be a next move -- that we seldom feel the deep rewards of simply holding each other. By treating each moment of touch as a consummation in itself, we can practice feeling eternity." - Mark Nepo
"The Secret Place of the Most High is at the center of our own being, where in silence we wait on Spirit and permit the Perfect Law to fulfill our desire. This is waiting upon the Lord. We permit the Divine images of perfection to flow through our consciousness, reflecting themselves through the Law of Cause and Effect into our objective conditions."
- Ernest Holmes, Pray and Prosper, p. 20
"In the silence of the soul’s communion with the great Cause of All Being, into the stillness of the Absolute, into the secret place of the Most High, back of the din and the ceaseless roar of life, we shall find a resting place and a place of real spiritual power."
- Ernest Holmes, Creative Mind and Success, p. 77
"Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers know that the moon needs time to become full." - Rumi
"So it is that every spiritual healing is the result of one individual sitting in the silence; quietly, peacefully waiting, and then the Spirit comes through consciousness of that one -- the voice thunders in the silence, and the earth melts." - Joel Goldsmith
"There is a difference between waiting, and keeping vigil. Anxious, fretful, impatient waiting is nothing more than waiting. Waiting with purpose, patience, hope, and love is vigilant waiting." - Macrina Wiederkehr, Seven Sacred Pauses
"The period of waiting patiently for release from suffering is an act of worship." - Hafiz
"If you truly hold a stone, you can feel the mountain it came from." - Mark Nepo
"Keep walking, though there's no place to get to. Don't try to see through the distances. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." – Rumi
"Remember the costs; focus on the reward. Perhaps the most predictive piece of social science research ever conducted was completed with small children and marshmallows. A child was put in a room and then told that he or she could have either one marshmallow now or two if he or she was willing to wait until the adult returned in a few minutes. The adult would then place one marshmallow in front of the child and exit. Some of the children delayed gratification. Others ate the marshmallow right away. Researchers continued studying these children. Over the next several decades, the children who had delayed gratification ended up doing far better in life than those who hadn't. They had stronger marriages, made more money, and were healthier. This willingness to do without now in order to achieve more later turns out to be an all-purpose tool for success. How did the children who were able to delay gratification fight off their short-term wishes? First, they looked away from the scrumptious marshmallow that sat in front of them. No use torturing themselves with the vision of what they couldn't have. Second, they kept telling themselves that if they waited, they would get two, not one."
- Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations
I needed some supplies from a Sunday School cupboard that was seldom used and was secured with a lock. I didn't know the combination, but our clergyman offered to give it a try. Father Jack placed his fingers on the lock's dial, raised his eyes heavenward, and stayed in that posture for a long moment. Then he confidently spun the dial and opened the lock. Seeing how impressed I was with this willingness to be patient and wait for the combination to be revealed to him, he smiled and confided, "The numbers are written on the ceiling."
Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. 3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. (NRSV)
Isaiah 40:31: “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
The key to this verse is the word, "wait." That little word in Hebrew is "qavah," which has two means to bind together like a cord. Picture the process of making a rope (cord) by twisting or weaving (binding) small strings together to form the rope. The more strands that are twisted or woven together, the greater is its strength. The literal Hebrew definition of "wait" implies strength through numbers. Just as a rope's strength comes from being made of many strands, so our strength comes through being united with Christ.
So how exactly do we "wait" upon the Lord? The best analogy that I can think of is the one we've been using of the rope. A rope is made up of many strands and so is our spiritual practice. Praying, meditating, forgiving, communion with others, giving, visioning. The more "strands" that we weave into our spiritual practice, the more strength we have.
Henri Nouwen: "To wait open-endedly is an enormously radical attitude toward life. It is trusting that something will happen to us that is far beyond our own imaginings. It is letting God define our life. Living with the conviction that Spirit shapes us according to it’s love and not according to our fear. The spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, expecting new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination."