10-6 Be Still

This about captures my mind when I sit to meditate:

Be Still

 

Be Still And Know That I Am God; . . .

—Psalm 46:10

 

Peregrinatio est tacere

—Latin, “To be on pilgrimage is to be silent.”

 

Thismindisaracingacqeduct of ideasandimagesstreamingmeanderingrandomlyspouting

until these pupils fix on Mr. Cardinal landing on a stainless-steel water dish, tail flitting, head swiveling and tilting, bill dipping and drinking, then bursting upward into    Black Walnut leaves                       this mind—silent for seconds—then

memoriesandfantasiesgushhaphazardlytonowherezigzagginguntil

I close the lids and bob in mind’s boiling white-caps ocean—thoughtsthunderinghowlingflashingpoundingbellowingseething…

I           breathe                        slower                             and

slower               and                           slower                     until                       mind

 

ebbs,                       moonless,                         brainwaves                       smoothing,

 

 

quelling,                   level               as              a                pond                     surface—

 

 

I                                                       breathe                                            “Abba”

 

 

and                                   listen                              for                                            Him

 

 

before         the       next     flood of

flashbacksreflectionssideasimagesfanciesdistractions surgesanew….

 

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