Manuel's "River of Silence" brought back memories for me when at grave sites where ministers often stated "In the midst of life we are in death." Yes, death serves as that common fate we have been designed to experience; however, it does unfold the newness of the eternal. A diversity of path, depending upon what we hold to be the course of inevitablejourney. Manuel's mentioning of this "River of Silence" reminds us of that next great experience. Man/Woman born, but must die; however, death is that gateway that should not be feared if you aspire to live in such as way to return to the very essence of your creation. I am reminded of a writer who said "Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. He comes up and is cut down like a flower; he fleesas it were a shadow, and never continues in one stay." "This River of Silence" could perhaps be the celestial shore where man/woman have no notion of time but have been afforded the grace to exist in the eternal with the One who's charted their own unique path. Yes, it can be something to look forward to if we strive as we live to keep our minds affixed upon our ultimate destination.
Brother David recognizes the symbolic nature of recognition, acknowledgement, and gratefulness. I admired his espousal of these concepts. It reminded me of the importance in which we demonstrate these guided principles. For me, humility serves as my common thread in life. Humility is that part which could lead us to recognition, acknowledgement, and gratefulness. It reflects an outward sign of an inward grace for those who come in contact with us. It opens the door for those blessings being visible within us. We exemplify what we are truly created to be. We are all "wonderfully made" recognizing, acknowledging and demonstrating gratefulness as often as we can. Our lives become the balance beam of these principles where we seek guidance to exert them each day.
Cynthia Bourgeault's"Heart Is Not About Emotions", reminds us of the sanctity of our heart's space and its role in beingthe gate to wisdom and understanding. The depth of the heart's experience is made manifest in all of us when we have foundation in what we embrace to be truth,an example would be in the ancient text we seek wisdom. There is much to be said when various accounts of the heart and/or its space have been recorded throughout time. It is then in many instances we acknowledge a kindred experience with those who have come before us. The Creator gives us moments of the heart where enlightenment awakens something within us.We may find truly what we are in search of but also our heart experience may be the very thing that the world needs. People are drawn to the experience of the heatbecause there may exist similarity along with a uniqueness which never gets old, especially for those who commit to seeking wisdom and understanding throughout a lifetime.
Coach BillParcells, placed emphasis on the importance of reckoning with self. A time marked by genuine self-introspection, is a time marked by asking "am I becoming my best me." If there is no room for betterment in correction, we could very well become a danger to ourselves.
Ms. Remen makes a great distinction between helping and service. My observation has been that help can be void of compassion. Service speaks to what anchors one's soul. However, if help could be used in a context that aids in evolving the self, many of us could glean to the words of a great man by the name of Booker T. Washington who once said: "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." This could undoubtedly resemble what service looks like.
Ms. Remen makes a great distinction between helping and service. My observation has beenthat help can bevoid of compassion. Service speaks to what anchors one's soul. However, if help could be used in a context that aids in evolving the self, many of us could glean to the words ofa great man by the name of Booker T. Washington who once said: "If you want to lift yourself up,lift up someone else." Thiscould undoubtedly resemblewhat service looks like.
Finding balance in the purest sense of form revolves around what one understands to be his/her own moral compass. The uniqueness of trying to find balance can involve one's ability to express the meaningfulness of the journey itself. It is through this experience we discover what works in life for us and does not work, yet holding steadfast to what we believe to be true untilanswering our own call for change.