Tagged: Joy

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Truth and Personhood

I am starting to remember or at least to be vaguely aware of something that was, not so very long ago, and has since faded from my view. It is not that it disappeared, but perhaps I was not yet able to see it in its full color without spending some time away. Or perhaps I simply journeyed toward this destination by some other road than I needed to. In any case, I have come full circle once again to the fundamental questions that I asked myself back in 2009. As I sit here with my head throbbing from a...

Hafez on Joy and Surrender 0

Hafez on Joy and Surrender

“What is the difference Between your experience of Existence And that of a saint? The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God And that the Beloved Has just made such a Fantastic Move That the saint is now continually Tripping over Joy And bursting out in Laughter And saying, “I Surrender!” Whereas, my dear, I am afraid you still think You have a thousand serious moves.” -Hafez, Persian Poet

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Disruptive Prayer

  What is it about spending time in the presence of God that completely disrupts the quiet serenity of what I call my life? It is as if the answer becomes a question whenever I turn my heart fully toward heaven. The peace that I have becomes locked onto that one experience and everything else in my life becomes superficial. I am left with a longing to go back, but am required to live through the process of the present time until the moment arrives for the consummation of my desire. It seems like a sickness is upon me. It...

Experiencing Joy 0

Experiencing Joy

Often these days, I wish to open this blog and write about life or what it is becoming. Yet, in order to do this successfully, I would need to understand what is going on. I feel like thanksgiving dinner that was sitting on a serving plate under a silver cover to keep warm. Now the cover has been removed. And what do I see? Instead of darkness, there is light. Instead of a rounded sky of dim silver, there is nothing – and yet, there is everything. Whatever had surrounded me for the past length of time is gone. I...