Right use– Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 16

“…I have made a practice of saying [the Lord’s prayer] once each morning with absolute attention. If during my recitation my attention wanders, or goes to sleep in the minutest degree, I begin again until I have once succeeded in going through it with absolutely pure attention…The effect of this practice is extraordinary…”  (Simone Weil. Waiting on God. Collins Fontana Books, p. 38)

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Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for susanwithpearls.com
Copyright Tam Black 2015
Designed for susanwithpearls.com

Guiding Thought

When you look within and see the radiance of Love, you remember your wholeness. You are wholly loving and wholly lovable. In the purity of Love lays peace, which you share with all in gratitude.

Reflection

“Absolutely pure attention”. That phrase captures me. I want that. I want that for doing these Journeys.

You may have noticed that I have referenced two Christian mystics recently–Julian of Norwich, and Simone Weil. I’ve been reading their writings and I’ve been touched and inspired. I want that.

I want their consuming dedication. I want their desire, their longing, for God. I want their beautiful eloquence, their ease with which they express their feelings regarding the Divine. I want to be able to express with words that relationship that is so personal, yet so abstract that words never suffice.

People have done this. These women have done this. Others have longed, searched, and striven. There are fore-runners, who can teach and inspire me. I am so thankful for them.

I am so thankful for God, who instills in me the longing to seek Him, above all.

“Absolutely pure attention”.

Absolutely=complete, total, all-encompassing.

Pure=clean, untainted, innocent

Attention= focus, energy

I want that. I want to practice that.

In Buddhism one of the main practices is to reduce and eliminate attachment, or desire, or wanting. 

But I want to want God. I want to desire God. I want to have God as my refuge, the One I run to, the only thing I attach myself to.

In the spirit of A Course in Miracles, which teaches the right use of denial, I feel like there is a right use of attachment, or a right use of desire. I do not want worldly things–that would be a misuse of desire. I do want Divine “things”, which is right use of desire.

Let’s see where this leads, shall we?

 

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