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Thursday May 2 – A Pause: For The Delight of Just Being 
image courtesy of Ron Barnett
Along the way he asked his disciples,
"Who do people say that I am?"
… And he asked them,
"But who do you say that I am?"
- Mark 8: 27, 29
 
Today, as we prepare to close the second part of our course, we pause and reflect, we breathe in and out: What have we heard? What has spoken to our heart? What do we wish to carry forward?
 
A Meditation
 
Stillness
 
Our true nature is stillness,
The Source from which we come.
 
It manifests itself within us
As a rising tide of silence,
 
A flowing stream of peacefulness,
A limitless ocean of calm,
Or just sheer stillness.
 
The deep listening of pure contemplation
Is the path to stillness.
 
All words disappear into It,
And all creation awakens to the delight of
Just Being.
- Thomas Keating, The Secret Embrace
 
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"And so the question: What is a human being? Or, more specifically 'Who are you?' begins to emerge into prominent light and each one of these realities requires our consent to open to the next possibility.  … God is trying to bring us to a new place – an extraordinary place – and it requires effort and yet it's the place where we were originally created … We're made in the image and likeness of God." 
- Thomas Keating, "Human Evolution" video segment from session 12
 
To Practice
 
- Examen: Reflect on what you have been experiencing these past three months since the beginning of our journey together. You are invited to review your original intention. These teachings, along with a Centering Prayer practice and the practical tools of the Work of Inner Christianity, have been transformative in the lives of many people. What movements are occurring within you? Have you experienced a change in your sense of "I"?
 
- A powerful way of embodying a truth is by affirmation. After reflection, deep listening and pondering these offerings, you might choose a phrase as an affirmation and carry it forth with you into the next part of journey.

- An archive of previous emails may be found here
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