Of what am I so afraid?

Posted by on 06.30.07 | 2 Comments
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Richard Rohr says it better than I ever could:

The Need for Silence

We don’t know how to take joy in simple things anymore because, frankly, we are sated. You and I have had so much thrown at us! Unless we choose to deliberately under-stimulate ourselves, I don’t think we can reasonably talk about spirituality. We don’t really taste, suffer, enjoy, feel the images that come our way. Westerners have a mania for experience. Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” For us it is “I experience, therefore I am.” But I’m pretty much convinced experiences don’t change people; realization does. I think of all the powerful experiences that I’ve had. But only when I taste my experiences enough so they become realizations, do I change. That takes time and space. Put time and space together and you have a new definition of silence. We’ve got to create some kind of space so our images can become realizations. Unless we choose silence, I don’t think a lot of this is going to happen. I don’t think we’re going to become willing people. We become, instead, willful people, trying to make the world fit our needs. Will triumphs instead of the Spirit. Silence alone is spacious enough to allow Spirit and to let go of will-fullness. Silence makes us willing instead of willful.

from Letting Go: A Spirituality of Subtraction, Richard Rohr

So why am I so afraid of stopping, really honoring Shabbos? I don’t like to admit it, but with Rohr’s definition above, I am far more willful than willing, trying to find clever ways to fit more into less. For those reasons (primarily that my soul desires to be willing) I am dedicating the next year of my life to better understanding resistance to having Shabbos be as close and familiar to me as the space between in-and out breaths.

I’ll keep you ‘posted! In the meantime…I’d love to hear your experiences, frustrations, hopes and desires around ‘stopping’. Maria’s blog postings are very potent around these issues, too.





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