Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Learning To Move In Stillness

 

Have you ever felt like you’re moving in slow motion?

Sometimes it hits me, or I wake up feeling myself moving in slow motion. The sensations are incredible. Like moving and feeling life flowing within and all around me…It’s like learning to move in stillness.

Any good theologian can lay out the facts of an analytical way to knowing God. Yet, analytics is the wrong tool for the job.

So, I thought it might be helpful to turn it on its head and write in the intuitive way of the mystic. Tell me if you find this helpful or not.

Everything Begins With God

All spirituality begins with God, and not us. The fact that you have a yearning you don’t understand for something you can’t quite put your finger on, should tell you something. God begins by drawing us into the dance, we can’t understand, conceive of, or even see…dancing in the choreography of the Trinity with God. Dancing in the choreography of heaven.

The Proverb of The Turtle and The Hare has a lot to teach us. Slow and steady wins the race.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu

Yet our one step is the journey of a thousand miles home.

Spiritual Practice

It may seem like a lot, but all the great spiritual masters started out this way.

No one learns to manage the big things first. We first learn to manage the small things. We learn to practice with our whole attention focused on that one still moment in time. Our still point is the threshold we cross to awaken. We become a still point as the world turns. We move from Chronos time into Kairos time, the living present.

Softness with our attention moves us around any obstacle to that still point, like water in a stream.

So our focus isn’t the force of our will. Our focus is the intention and the attention of our heart and of our whole being toward our still point, that once crossed, expands us into who we really are, created in the image and likeness of the very ‘I am that I am’,  Our Father in heaven. Through Jesus, we enter the holy of holies and dwell, soaking in the presence of God.

Time falls away swallowed up by eternity in the presence of God.

Within & Without

Any good spiritual practice trains us to exercise our spiritual muscles. We practice our spirit for 10 to 15 minutes and generally don’t notice anything for several weeks. And then Bam, it hits us, like awakening from sleep. All those little bits of practice add up, like defining the networks of our brain, we set ourselves up for encounter.

Our body even senses it, like moving in the water, slow fluid movements in stillness. It’s amazing. Jesus prayer, ‘Thy Kingdom Come,” begins happening to our waking eyes. We are abiding in the vine and experiencing the life flow of God from within, through, and around us.

And so begins the integration of the spiritual within our soul and within our body, even on a subatomic level. We discern with open eyes and listen with our open hearts and together with Jesus we hear, ‘for apart from me you can do nothing.’

Shalom+

 

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  • Good food for thought, Bob! It’s in those almost surreal moments of stillness that our hearts seem to beat and adjust to eternity’s Kairos time. Maybe that’s why it feels endless yet timeless. I’m so glad that those moments add up and become something other-worldly to our senses. Which they are, of course. 🙂

  • Joy it’s wonderful to hear from you! Your insight is spot on. I loved your poem today about the canopy.

  • Bob, it’s good to be back to reading your insightful words again! Over the last few months I’ve struggled to keep up with all the blogs I follow but I will try to stop by more often if I can. Thank you so much for liking and sharing my daily haiku poem. It blessed me enormously! Grace and peace to you too, my friend.

  • Bless your heart Joy! It’s all grace.

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