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Saying Yes To Each Other

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“The Potter’s House is that place where the clay is shaped and formed by the hands of the potter whose loving intent is to take the plain-though-beautiful clay as it already is and create something even more beautiful.

The molding is really a good thing because the clay and the potter are somehow saying a profound yes to each other. The clay may wonder what’s happening, but the clay is in the hands of love, where the heart is.

Here’s some of what Greg Kirby has been teaching me in cahoots with some others in the Potter’s House:

  • Stillness of mind is the fundamental truth of meditation.
  • Sleep is the highest form of meditation.
  • Begin each day in Presence, not person.
  • Believe abundance, not lack.
  • Hands open, palms up is not so much about receiving as it is about giving what is already present.
  • There is no fear in the transition to death.
  • Divine Love is the only “right,” which includes unconditional love for others.
  • We are one, belonging to each other.
  • Judge not.
  • Be present.”

– Jeff Blake, Homestretch

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Everything and Nothing

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“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Radical Stance

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“The spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, trusting that new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination, fantasy, or prediction. That, indeed, is a very radical stance toward life in a world preoccupied with control.”

~ Henri Nouwen

Painting by Salvador Dalì, Archaeological reminscence of Millet’s Angelus