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Beside Restful Waters


by Gregory Hermann


I want to listen deeply enough that I hear everything and nothing at the same time and am made more by the enduring quality of my silence.

I want to question deeply enough that I am made more not by the answers so much as my desire to continue asking questions.

I want to speak deeply enough that I am made more by the articulation of my truth shifting into the day’s shape.

In this way, pondering and sharing become my connection to the oneness of life, and there is no longer any part of me in exile.

Richard Wagamese: Embers, One Ojibway’s Meditations


“I want to speak deeply enough that I am made more by the articulation of my truth shifting into the day’s shape.”


This one is causing a deep pause within.


Have you ever been in conversation with some one and the words that come out of your mouth make you pause and think ‘where did that statement come from’?


I believe this may be an example of what Mr. Wagamese is suggesting when he sets his intention to speak deeply enough. I speak deeply enough that I am made more by my own words. I speak deeply enough to recognize that my truth is shifting and evolving.


Truth is what makes me, right? Truth, the relationship between my words and actions, can be a shifting process. Hopefully, truth is a growth process, an evolution of how my life experiences change the perspectives of my life and my relationship to you.


Eeesh! This is getting deep.


I hear Mr. Wagamese calling me to be mindful of my words, to be mindful of my truth, and to be mindful of the evolution of truth. It is this mindfulness that raises my awareness of the relationship between experience and perspective. Each influences the other. We influence each other.


What are the experiences of yesterday?

How do they influence my life today?

Am I mindful of the evolution of truth?


What is the shape of truth today?


To be continued!


Namaste

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