Intention III

”In the beginner’s mind there is no thought ‘I have attained something.’ All self-centered thoughts limit our vast mind. When we have no thought of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners. Then we can really learn something. The beginner’s mind is the mind of compassion. When our mind is compassionate, it is boundless.”

 

I like these words. Also very important for Advent. Open, free, flexible, receptive. That is the attitude that makes us ready. I realize that in Zen you are not expecting anything or anyone. Still, it seems that all the things Shunryu Suzuki tells his students are important for Christians to hear and realize. Isn’t a beginner’s mind, a mind without the thought “I have attained something,” a mind opened for grace? Isn’t that the mind of children who marvel at all they see? Isn’t that the mind not filled with worries for tomorrow but alert and awake in the present moment?         — Henri Nouwen

 

Intention III meditation.  Click to listen:

 

Beginner’s Mind

‘You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living,’ contemplative excerpts from the writings of Henri Nouwen (affiliate link)

Intention II

Fresh Picked Pears. Maine. 2019 © Julia Haris

Intention, Part Two, click to listen:

David Whyte excerpt on Facebook 

Thanks from ‘Migration: New & Selected Poems’ by W.S. Merwin, Cooper Canyon Press (affiliate link)

David Whyte’s Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words (affiliate link).

 

Intention

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” — Lao Tzu

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Matthew Fox: Christian Mystics (affiliate link)

Into Winter

From “Listening To Your Life: Daily Meditations With Frederick Buechner” published by HarperOne

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Autumn Meditation

Autumn (detail: ouroboros) 2019 © Julia Haris

 

Autumn, meditation.  Click on MP3 link to listen:

 

Tao Te Ching translation by Stephen Michell,

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Autumn (detail) 2019 © Julia Haris

Autumn (detail) 2019 © Julia Haris

Autumn (detail) 2019 © Julia Haris

Autumn (detail) 2019 © Julia Haris

Autumn 2019 © Julia Haris

Autumn 2019 © Julia Haris

Foundations

 

Foundations 2019 © Julia Haris

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Essay link: “When I lost my belief in hell . . .” by Josiah Nufeld at Broadview.com

Thich Nhat Hahn from the Intoroduction to Thomas Merton’s ‘Contemplative Prayer’

 

From The Tao Te Ching translated by Stephen Michell

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‘Contemplative Prayer” by Thomas Merton (affiliate link)

“Tao Te Ching” translated by Stephen Mitchell (affiliate link)

 

 

I Celebrate Myself.

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Google image from The Leaves Of Grass, 1855 edition

Click this link for the full poem: Song of Myself (1892 version) by Walt Whitman at The Poetry Foundation

 

Each life converges to some centre

Each life converges to some centre
Expressed or still;
Exists in every human nature
A goal,Admitted scarcely to itself, it may be,
Too fair
For credibility’s temerity
To dare.Adored with caution, as a brittle heaven,
To reach
Were hopeless as the rainbow’s raiment
To touch,Yet persevered toward, surer for the distance;
How high
Unto the saints’ slow diligence
The sky!

Ungained, it may be, by a life’s low venture,
But then,
Eternity enables the endeavoring
Again.  — Emily Dickinson

Freedom

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”  – Toni Morrison

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‘Freedom” recorded reflection:

 

’Freedom’ recorded meditation:

Autumn

Umbilical Cord 2017 @ Julia Haris

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Pears 2019 @ Julia Haris