The great thing about blogging is that sometimes, what you blog is what you end up thinking about for the next week because maybe you’re the one who needed to hear it most of all. Like this quote from Brennan Manning, which I put up in CNSDR a week ago:
“Now/here spells nowhere. To be fully present to whoever or whatever is immediately before us is to pitch a tent in the wilderness of Nowhere. It is an act of radical trust — trust that God can be encountered at no other time and in no other place than the present moment. Being fully present in the now is perhaps the premier skills of the spiritual life. […] Calm foresight regarding future engagements and appointments is responsible behavior so long as it is not a compulsive escape from Nowhere.”
I tried this exercise, one day before work. Tried to fade out thoughts about the past or future and tune in completely to the present. Here’s what I came up with:
Also this week: Some thoughts on hosting friends on a budget. But perhaps most exciting, an essay by my friend Alyssa, a painter here in Providence (who is really good at seeing all sorts of things), in which she explores the idea of “showing up” if that’s in work, in life or (in her case) a meeting with fellow artists. An excerpt:
The gallery was now empty, naked in a way. But isn’t that how we must all come? We must reach the threshold of fear and desperation. We must face the desperate urge to reach for tangible coverings that would ensure success. That’s when you’ll meet one of one of life’s greatest opportunities: to come to God naked, empty, and bare. To make space for Him to come in and create, to bless our meager offering of our imperfect selves.
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