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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Stumbling through life

Stumbling through life, gazing at the stars, we can miss the greatest treasure beneath our feet. For the ordinary faculties of our soul - how we feel, how we act - are the rough and fallen forms of our highest
spiritual capacities.
There are 6 common abilities - thinking, feeling, doing, loving, opening, thanking - can be intensified infinitely.

We already think; we can learn to think more deeply, more livingly.

We already feel; we can learn to train our feeling - life away from ourselves so that we feel the world in  its richness.

We already thank; we can learn a depth of gratitude that makes life and love intensely real.

These exercises are simple, but demanding. By strengthening our capacity to pay attention, they allow us to
say the right word and have the fresh thought just when we need to.

They gradually lead us out of the mire of  distraction and confusion, and allow us to practice what we need most: continual presence of mind.