Abbot Lot came to Abbot Joseph and said: Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts: now what more should I do? The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire. He said: Why not be utterly changed into fire?
From Thomas Merton: The Wisdom of the Desert
I’ve never quite lost the perspective that what we call “reality” is a projection of consciousness. Suffering is genuine, significant, and truly horrible. But under it — around it, containing it — is something much more true. It brings light and grace to all the horror. It makes sense of everything.
– Martha Beck, Virtually Freaking Out, Shiny Objects Blog
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May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering!
All my best,