Thoughts for the new year

Dr Bill Wooten

“1. Savor Everyday Moments – Pause now and then to smell a rose or watch children at play.Study participants who took time to “savor” ordinary events that they normally hurried through, or to think back on pleasant moments from their day, “showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression,” says psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky.

2. Avoid Comparisons – While keeping up with the Joneses is part of American culture, comparing ourselves with others can be damaging to happiness and self-esteem. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, focusing on our own personal achievement leads to greater satisfaction, according to Lyubomirsky.

3. Put Money Low on the List – People who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, according to researchers Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan.Their findings hold true across nations and cultures. “The more we seek satisfactions in material goods, the…

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Dr Bill Wooten

“Get up from your bed,
go out from your house,
follow the path you know so well,
so well that you now see nothing
and hear nothing
unless something can cry loudly to you,
and for you it seems
even then
no cry is louder than yours
and in your own darkness
cries have gone unheard
as long as you can remember.

These are hard paths we tread
but they are green
and lined with leaf mold
and we must love their contours
as we love the body branching
with its veins and tunnels of dark earth.

I know that sometimes
your body is hard like a stone
on a path that storms break over,
embedded deeply
into that something that you think is you,
and you will not move
while the voice all around
tears the air
and fills the sky with jagged light.

But sometimes unawares
those sounds…

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Dr Bill Wooten

“We don’t have much truth to express unless we have gone into those rooms and closets and woods and abysses that we were told not go in to. When we have gone in and looked around for a long while, just breathing and finally taking it in – then we will be able to speak in our own voice and to stay in the present moment. And that moment is home.”

~ Anne Lamott

Old, threadbare room

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Falling into the Arms of God

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English: Saint Teresa of Avila, reliquary, Pol... English: Saint Teresa of Avila, reliquary, Polychrom wood, 17th century, anonymous. Treasure of the cathedral of Guadix, Andalusia, Spain. Français : Reliquaire de sainte Thérèse d’Avila, bois polychrome, XVIIth century, anonyme. Trésor de la cathédrale de Guadix, Andalousie, Espagne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When God draws tight that slack thread of desire, God draws us to Him.

God’s finger tracing our life’s stories which are the musical notes of God’s story in us.

We are God’s music.

Meister Ekhart believed  that detachment was the highest virtue. He wanted to live without why.

Teresa of Avila  was not able to say why. She said I am living at the center of the castle.

I am life, I live.

While others are at vigil I sleep in union, the feast is on.

Mystics are naturally living without why.

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Teresa of Avilia

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Seventh two-light window in the south aisle, d... Seventh two-light window in the south aisle, depicting the saints Teresa and Agnes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Seventh Dwelling is already in us. We are deepening the consciousness of what we already have. God is an overflowing spring even in the obscurity of night. Love is now not some future event. We don’t wait till we are perfect to love. We love now in this moment. To love with the love of God inscribed in the depths of our being. We are aware of our deep poverty. We must be silent before mystery. The poet Jessica Powers says we can’t love enough. We go with our little  love and offer it where we are. It represents our littleness. Do what we can as little as it is.

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Eternity Around You

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The artist pursues truth, one of the hallmarks of beauty. The flawed artist, filled with uncertainty is pulsed to express what he has found. sometimes the findings are a glad poem, or gives voice to the dense cadences of creation as in the music of Beethoven

Every artistic expression is an expression of belonging. We must leave the cosy shelter to visit the outposts where we find our brothers and sisters longing to be free of toxic boundaries. 

The artist accompanies us into all kinds of new

English: My own work, taken in August 2007. A ...English: My own work, taken in August 2007. A picture from the Lebanese-side of the Israeli-Lebanon border. This photo shows in the distance an Israeli army outpost. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

possibility of belonging. 

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ADVENT WITH EVELYN UNDERHILL: The Vision Of Love — The Value of Sparrows

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From The School of Charity When we look out towards this Love that moves the stars and stirs in the child’s heart, and claims our total allegiance and remember that this alone is Reality and we are only real so far as we conform to its demands, we see our human situation from a fresh angle; and […]

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Divine Pedagogy

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Painting "Divine Mercy" (obraz "... Painting “Divine Mercy” (obraz “Jezu ufam Tobie”) in the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Vilnius (Dievo Gailestingumo šventovė). Dominikonų g. 12 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Missal by John William Waterhouse, showing... The Missal by John William Waterhouse, showing a woman kneeling in prayer (1902, oil on canvas). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Divine Pedagogy or holy Conversation is a calling. I see many people wanting to express how they pray and what they pray about. They want to glean from each other just what is the God of our understanding or I’d rather say the God of our heart.

We live in an unusual moment, faster, smarter, etc. but humbled to the quick because we lack a sense of grounding. Even as the moon has its phases so does our prayer.

Moments of doubt moments of calm. The meaning is in the space between.

‘Kneeling’ 1968

Moments of great calm,


before an altar

Of wood in a stone church

In summer, waiting for God

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The Crossing of the Visible

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Eastern Orthodox icon depicting the First Coun... Eastern Orthodox icon depicting the First Council of Nicea (325). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Crossing of the Visible, a provocative book about images, icons, and idols, the phenomenologist and Roman Catholic thinker Jean-Luc Marion observed, almost in passing, that: “the image-affirming doctrine of the Second Council of Nicaea concerns not only nor first of all a point  in the history of ideas, nor even a decision of Christiaan dogma: it formulates above all and perhaps the only, alternative to the contemporary disaster of the image. In the icon, the visible and the invisible embrace each other from a fire that no longer destroys but rather lights up the divine face for humanity.”

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