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“We live in a society whose whole policy is to excite every nerve in the human body and keep it at the highest pitch of artificial tension, to strain every human desire to the limit and to create as many new desires and synthetic passions as possible.”
—THOMAS MERTON, THE SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN
Every day I plan a “sit”
a time of centering in you and waiting without expectation.
Many days I do not succeed: either I don’t sit even one second,
or when I do sit, my mind is barraged and it gets up and runs off.
The days when I do any sort of sit at all…at all…
are the best days.
The days when I turn off all the noises and crowds
resist the muchness and manyness and hurry
those are the best days.
Today I am full to overflowing of what the world is flinging at me.
I’m going to sit
Close my eyes
Try to listen
only to You.
Thank you. Thank you.
Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.
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