Silence and the dark

And silence, like darkness,
can be kind; it, too, is a language.
Hanif Kureishi, Intimacy (Scribner, 1999)

“There’s something about the night,” Mr. Keenan said, reflecting on his boss’s use of the time.
“It’s smaller. It lets you think.”


quote – Obama After Dark (New York Times, July 2 2016). Found in The Vale of Soul-Making
image – Pinterest

Prayers for peace… Monday’s Door

Holy Week is filled with stories. How easy it can be to think these are stories from long ago.
The olive tree, the olive branch… symbols of peace – then and now.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, pray for the peace of Syria… pray for peace.

 


Door of the day… (Old City, Jerusalem Olive Tree, Pinterest)

Peace for the earth and its creatures

Peace for the earth and its creatures
peace for the world and its peoples
peace for our fathers
peace for our mothers
peace for our brothers and sisters.
The peace of heaven’s vastness
the peace of ocean depths
the peace of earth’s stillness


Quote – John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth
Image – Pinterest, Mount Rainier

Holy threshold- Sunday’s door 

Intent- beauty, quiet, prayerful art. Doors carved with intent… to reflect sacred beauty, to prepare the seeker as they enter holy space.

Notice the doorways in your life. Where are you as you begin to step through their threshold – where do they lead you?


Door of the day… (Veurne, West Flanders) St. Catherine’s Chapel.

Exploring time off… Friday’s door 


Thankful for Friday, people awaken ready to look past the workday. Desks are cleared early and highways jam with hunger – hunger for freedom from the clock.

We are so accustomed to days that are filled with scheduled hours and minutes. So who is surprised that we often over-schedule ‘time-off’, leading us to places ‘familiar’. Places we find within our own circle of travel.

When you can feel ‘free from the clock’ take time to explore… never know what you might find!


Door of the day… (Bakery in Madrid, Pinterest)

to be aware

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What nine months does for the embryo
Forty early mornings
Will do for your growing awareness
~ Jelaluddin Rumi

 

 

 

Contemplative Monk

A little crooked

A little crooked- yet this door brings delight and welcome.
It is good for the soul to practice gratitude in the midst of our imperfection.
Life offers beauty and delight throughout its crooked path.
A great way to move through each day… practice gratitude.


‘Door of the day’… (Pinterest)