Monday, January 11, 2016

One of the most challenging things for humans to learn is to not-think. It's a skill we have as infants, and rapidly lose as we learn to understand word sounds, to match those sounds to objects and actions. Much of our mind's activity becomes linked to language, which is intricately marvelous and fascinating. However, something is lost in the process. In one of the Catholic Schools I went to as a kid, we had meditation practice. Sometimes, this was time set aside to think about certain aspects of our behavior and beliefs, or about stories from the Bible, but sometimes it was practice to let go of worldly thoughts and just be aware. Be empty. Listen. We were taught this was a good way to experience the presence of God.

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