Dr. Dean Ornish and Thomas Merton

A Quote from Thomas Merton

Good Morning, God!

Sometime during my Centering Prayer last night two thoughts came to me. The first related to a powerful talk by Dr. Dean Ornish on our ability to make positive changes.

The second thought came from this quote from Thomas Merton (at left), which is on the front door of the Snowmass Retreat Center. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was meant for me.

But, in listening to Dr. Ornish talk about preventing and healing  most chronic diseases through Lifestyle Changes — I just didn’t think about BEING BUSY as a key factor.

Of course not, God! I thought about the changes I had already made, relating to eating, exercise, close friends, meditation. Naturally, I didn’t think of the ONE BIG CHANGE that I had yet to make — ELIMINATING BUSY-NESS! Was that Willful Blindness? You bet, God! So, please help me as I go over the key sentence in that quote once AGAIN!

“To commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence.”

I haven’t bounced back from the bug I got upon arriving home so I’ve been “forced” to cancel important commitments. And, that has shown me 1) that the world is doing fine without me and 2) I actually LIKE a slower pace. Yes, God, some of us need a Whack on the head to help things come together.

So, today, God,help me do more puttering, and more praying. And Thank You for time to play games with my Mom.

Story teller,

Posted in Centering Prayer, Changing, healing, health

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