We have a hint about that when we are moved to tears, to love, to service, to silence and meaning. There is a flutter inside, and we might say that something stirred the heart. In such moments the spirit is released into gratitude — not the groveling I don’t deserve it kind, nor the usual polite thank you kind, but the simple fact that something opened the door of our habit cage and a pure moment happened — a free joy. Something given let the heart be free in recognition and willing participation.”
“The I must remove the I, yet remain I.”
“The more spiritual a man is, the more he discontinues trying to make particular acts with his faculties, for he becomes more engrossed in one general, pure act, a calm and repose of interior quietude.
The soul would want to remain in that unintelligible peace as in its right place. Since people do not understand the mystery of that new experience, they imagine themselves to be idle and doing nothing.
They must learn to abide in that quietude with a loving attentiveness to God. At this stage the faculties are at rest and do not work actively but passively, by receiving what God is effecting in them.”
~St. John of the Cross
Pain? Inevitable. Suffering? Optional. Needless suffering is experienced when we think the weather (or any ‘situation’ that we cannot change) is unacceptable.
It IS what it IS.
When we learn to love what IS, suffering dissolves–we discover a bottomless well of peace. It is “the peace that passeth all understanding” that Jesus described. And it’s available to us all … Now.
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”