I find the whole subject of fundamentalism tortuous. But I also know that one of the best ways to eradicate bacteria and mold is to expose them to the Light. So I will continue doing that, but I needed a break, and Graciel offered me one today with “What Do You Love?”at her blog, Evenstar Art, which everyone should go read frequently. It’s an antidote for many things. She writes:
“Today, I want you to quiet your monkey-mind. The part of your mind that swings wildly from one illusion to another. From one worry to another. From one judgement to another. I want you to practice focusing the part of your mind that leads you into made-up trouble on something positive. Practice focusing for one minute. Yes, just one minute. I want you to think about what you love. Not who you love. That’s another minute. This minute, I want you to think about what you love. Because it takes a bit of concentration and the monkey-mind must come to a rest while thinking positive thoughts.”
So here is my own one minute (or so) list of things I love:
*the golden finches which devour the sunflower seeds I put out for them this time of year
*the two soaring pines in the neighbor’s yard and the two single-note wind chimes that hang from them
*the vultures at the lake, so crazily beautiful in their bigness and boldness
*sitting outside when the coyotes across the highway begin their howling
*the house in Ohio where I grew up. I walk through it frequently in memory
*Salem and Lola (OK, I’m cheating- they are both who’s to me, but since they are dogs I’m passing them off here as what’s)
*pick a beach, any one where salt water is lapping will do
*van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
*Madonna singing “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” (Yes, I know, odd. Deal with it.)
*thinking about and writing Sunday messages
*listening to stories that have never been told before
*the Moon, as it rises between those same two pine trees
*reading (again) Matthew 5- 7, and 25; John 1, 14, and 15; Genesis; and Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Revelation (the latter three because it’s just so strange for them to be in the Bible)
Yes, that took me more than a minute. You have my (and, I think, Graciel’s) permission to take more than a minute with your own list, too.
3 thoughts on “A Respite from the Muck and Mire of Fundamentalism”
My smile is as wide as Texas, Mr. Weber. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
ooh, ooh…(barging in) can I try? I really only have a minute…
* Big picture thinking
* Walking outside and seeing the first flowers in spring
* Conversation, including conversation with great minds that takes place by reading and thinking and writing
* Being silent, being present, not needing to say anything
* Setting off on road trips
* my yard
* Hearing myself say something for the very first time while preaching
* That tired feeling at the very end of the day.
barge in anytime! I loved the list, and particularly as you stated #4. Perfect!!