Friday, July 20, 2018
So, here's a totally unscientific, non-academic,
take it or leave it, yours for free, observation
on how 'tis with us out here
on the street of everyday living.
WE HAVE MORE COMMUNICATION
AND LESS COMMUNION
THAN ANY PEOPLE
IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY
That works havoc for our spiritual lives:
- sensory overload
- physic scramble
- emotional aloneness
- frigid isolation
- soul starvation
- Chatter pollution.
- Digitally disturbed.
- Squak Radio.
- Truth twittered away
- Facebook that doesn't face up.
- 24/7 news noise.
- Words on buses and dinner place mats.
- Junk mail.
Lots of words that don't talk.
Happily, though, we are already one.
One at base and core.
Bedrock being shared.
Connected at The Source.
Silence hears oneness.
A new psalm:
"Be still and know you are one."
A sacrament reclaimed:
Holy Come Union.
Thomas Merton pegs it and points to promise:
THE DEEPEST LEVEL OF COMMUNICATION
IS NOT COMMUNICATION, BUT COMMUNION.
IT IS WORDLESS. IT IS BEYOND WORDS,
AND IT IS BEYOND SPEECH,
AND IT IS BEYOND CONCEPT.
NOT THAT WE DISCOVER A NEW UNITY.
WE DISCOVER AN OLDER UNITY.
MY DEAR BROTHERS,
WE ARE ALREADY ONE.
BUT WE IMAGINE THAT WE ARE NOT.
AND WHAT WE HAVE TO RECOVER IS
OUR ORIGINAL UNITY.
WHAT WE HAVE TO BE IS WHAT WE ARE.
The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
How's that for a week's worth of meditation,
well, at least for starters?
- observe a Silent Sabbath
- talk less, say more
- turn off talk radio and listen to a brook
- skip the cocktail party,
get down on the floor
and play with a baby
- spend an afternoon in an art museum
- "Watch the way you talk...
Say only what helps, each word a gift."
( The Message )
- "Let me tell you something:
Every one of these careless words
is going to come back to haunt you.
There will be a time of Reckoning.
Words are powerful:
take them seriously.
Words can be your salvation.
Words can be your damnation."
- Go Square Dancing
- Take a Sunday ride in the country
with the kids -
be sure to stop off for ice cream.
- Share The Sounds of Silence
with those closest
- Compile a family history
- Have a Family Night twice a week
(everyone home, supper and dishes together,
board games and cards).
- Find ways to connect with neighbors
- Hug a tree, kiss a flower
- Adopt a college student in your area
who comes from a far away place
( invite in for dinners, holidays,
ball games, concerts,
a home away from home,
a family away from family ).
- Do the same with a lonely resident
of a nursing home.
- Be a pen pal with a service person
or missionary over seas.
- Connect with a distant relative.
- In prayer warmly hold all peoples,
especially those of a different culture,
religion, political or sexual orientation.
- Sit on a park bench and People Pray
- Go to church early and stay late
for some Holy Smoozing.
Good luck with the "start."
Be sure to keep going.
What we have to be is what we are.
How wonderful to share
this Come Union
together here each week..
See you next time round
( as in unity ).
Our newest participation
here at "frankly speaking"
is from Denmark.
In God's Dear Love,
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