Awake

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“We miss so much “now” because we are rushing to “next.” – Greg Boyle, S. J.

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Deuteronomy 4:9

Moses told the people, “Be on your guard and be very careful not to forget the things your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart as long as you live, but make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”

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Moses gives us all a great reminder today about experiencing the sacred.

Too often religion has centered only on head-stuff: doctrines, dogmas, rules, and beliefs.

But here, Moses reminds the people to “be very careful not to forget the things your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart as long as you live.”

And not only that, but Moses also instructs them to then make these experiences “known to your children and to your children’s children.”

What is it that you have seen with your eyes?

Are your eyes open to see the sacred in your midst?

This takes presence, being awake to the now.

It’s very common for people to be so caught up in their mind’s non-stop commentaries that they literally are not present to what’s actually happening around them.

Many are so attached to their streaming thoughts that they are literally attached to them.

They aren’t even aware that it’s going on.

The first breakthrough is the awareness that your mind is on overdrive.

A meditation practice such as Centering Prayer is helpful in this regard.

Take a moment and simply look at something in your line of vision without any commentary.

How long does it take before your mind starts interjecting thoughts or labels?

Thinking is a necessary activity and our minds are an essential tool in living, but there are times we would do well to simply be.

Just sit and let go.

Enjoy the inner peace.

Practice this in ordinary life.

Look around and enjoy what is.

The sacred is all around you – if only you are open to receive it.

You’ll be amazed at the treasure trove of heartfelt experiences you’ll be able to share!

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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