Thursday ruminations, mindfulness, and Lectio Divina

It wants to rain outside.  It really does.  The sky is a magnificent deep electric blue.  Full of the potential of going deep purple.  I slept soundly last night, which was welcomed - as I spent from roughly 1AM to 230AM on Tuesday massaging several cases which have me in knots.  Three thoughts on this Thursday.

1.  I have been thinking about how important it is not to treat people as "life" accessories.  I have seen rather gross examples of this.  It is not necessarily malevolent.  Rather, it often presents as a view of humans as intriguing, but in a strikingly aloof and detached way.  Those of us who might unwittingly admire a certain detached  aloofness (for reasons which may not even be entirely clear to us, but probably having something to do with malignant ego or better yet - immaturity) can be subtly drawn into this way of looking at those around us.  It is important that we not do this.  We must really see people. 

2.  Jessica and I are looking at a retreat in January.  I am looking forward to it.  There is repair in "non-doing," as Jon Kabat-Zinn might call it. 

Good to be controller of the pictures.
3.  I spoke with my good friend Clifford, who through the marvels of technology - somehow placed a free international call over the internet from China last night.  I miss running with Clifford and Daniel and impromptu Greek lessons!  Amazing what you'll talk about at 5:00 AM while running around Pensacola half dressed.  Our progress through Augustine's Confessions is much slower than we'd intended.  An unintended Lectio Divina.  But there can be no fast spiritual digestion, at least not in my experience.  We'll push each other forward slowly.  Hoping he'll join me at Manresa in July.

I'll leave you with Morrie Schwartz, "[M]ost of us all walk around as if we're sleepwalking.  We really don't experience the world fully, because we're half-asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do."

Am I awake?

Ciao,

Ryan

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