Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, September 15, 2012


“All one needs is a place to belong, a path to follow and a few friends to keep you sane.”
Lawrence Freeman from Jesus The Teacher Within

This quote is an affirmation for me right now. As I have gotten older, my sense of what my life should look like has become more and more concentrated. 
Some would see it as “small” but that would be a misperception. Being small is quite different from being concentrated. 
Concentrated is rich. Concentrated has a depth that small does not have. Concentrated for me is synonymous too with simplicity.
Knowing where one belongs seems to be, partly, the beginning (the very beginning) of dismantling the ego. Knowing where one belongs is another way of saying learning and accepting who you are. It might well be the authentic life, which sets us free.

Having a path to follow is in some way, no longer looking for all the answers but just walking and enjoying the view, accepting what is presented; a curve in the road, a steep hill, a long flat stretch of road, flowers, weeds, sunshine, rain, snow…all part of the path, the weather of life, seasons, coming and going.
And eventually we return to the earth, only to sprout again in some other form.
From form to formless, to form…the Mystery.
Wood being wood, ash being ash.

To have a few friends to keep you sane is part of being accountable. To have a life companion as part of that small group of friends and a loving family is grace abundant.

All one needs is a place to belong, a path to follow and a few good friends to keep you sane.

Yes, I believe this.


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