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4.26.20 … “Love, joy, and peace are deep states of Being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being. As such, they have no opposite. This is because they arise from beyond the mind…”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

I don’t have to walk because I made a commitment to walk; I don’t have to think about walking; so today is just a walk because I want to walk.

It’s a nice cool day, and I am welcomed by the purple flowers today. Is that an azalea? The bush next to it is about to erupt. What is it?

Well, both are rhododendrons, and that seems very interesting since one has not a single bloom, and the other is fully flowered. And they are located right next to each other in the same conditions. Weird.

I’m feeling better about some things today that have been worrying me for weeks, months, years. It’s nice to at least have a little lightening of the heart. So this is a celebratory walk.

it was an absolutely perfect day, maybe a little bit windy, but I loved being outside on this partly sunny day.

A lot has happened since my last walk on Easter Sunday. The coronavirus quarantine has continued, and may well continue for weeks or even months.

So here are a few things that have kept me entertained these last two weeks:

1. I acknowledge myself as a Janeite. I thought this adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel was a little strange. That said, I would love to see them continue the story. I did enjoy the characters and the setting. Source: Save ‘Sanditon!’ All The reasons We Need to Save This Charming Romance Now More Than Ever, https://www.newsweek.com/save-sanditon-all-reasons-we-need-save-this-charming-romance-now-more-ever-1499489

2. John and I are lucky to call Tom a friend. John and Tom were talking recently and Tom agreed to work with the college to produce this video. From the college alumni page … “Earlier today, NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82 led a discussion with students, faculty and staff regarding dealing with isolation based on his experience in space. He and some of his colleagues recorded their experiences and advice for the Davidson College community. We hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video and learn some tips that may help during this time. Thank you, Tom! #DavidsonTrue”. Astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82 and Colleagues Message to the Davidson Community, https://youtu.be/Q8nHETE4H9s

3. Current read … Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved.

“Barbara Brown Taylor gave the church fresh language for faith alive in the world. Brené Brown gave us scholarship so that the world could hear the gospel truth of strength in vulnerability anew. And now, Kate Bowler models how to do it. It was the

book she never wanted to write. But thanks be to God for her whimsy, courage, wisdom and, most especially, love.”

And now a few quotes…

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”

― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

[Love and joy] are inseparable from your natural state of inner connectedness with Being. Glimpses of love and joy or brief moments of deep peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in the stream of thought. For most people, such gaps happen rarely and only accidentally, in moments when the mind is rendered “speechless,” sometimes triggered by great beauty, extreme physical exertion, or even great danger. Suddenly, there is inner stillness. And within that stillness there is a subtle but intense joy, there is love, there is peace…

But they are not what I would call emotions. They lie beyond the emotions, on a much deeper level. So you need to become fully conscious of your emotions and be able to feel them before you can feel that which lies beyond them. Emotion literally means “disturbance.” The word comes from the Latin emovere, meaning “to disturb.”

Love, joy, and peace are deep states of Being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being. As such, they have no opposite. This is because they arise from beyond the mind…

– Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

4.26.20


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