Oneing – Middle English word used by mystic Julian of Norwich to described the whole-making work of God.
It’s foolish to seek the sacred and the divine when we live in a world that is holy and saturated with divinity, if only we had the eyes to see. It. Thomas Moore
Mantras are sometimes referred to as sacred utterances repeated frequently. This form of self talk is often a powerful influence in our thinking and being that nurtures our body, mind and spirit.
I often searching for new mantras at certain times in my life. Here are some mantras from Ruth Wilson:
Focus on beauty rather than profit.
Be serious about not taking things too serious.
Travel light; leave all the junk behind.
Cut the ropes that tie you down.
Hang out a welcome sign for new realities.
Here are some mantras I frequently use:
Speak the Gospel and sometimes use words (St Francis of Assisi).
Connect the human story to the divine story.
What is God enabling and requiring me to do?
Imagine the possibilities.
How does an apple ripen? It just sits in the sun. Thomas Merton.
Ripening, at its best, is a slow, patient learning, and sometimes even a happy letting-go—a seeming emptying out to create readiness for a new kind of fullness—which we are never totally sure about. If we do not allow our own ripening, and I do believe it is somewhat a natural process, an ever-increasing resistance and denial sets in, an ever-increasing circling of the wagons around an over-defended self. At our very best, we learn how to hope as we ripen, to move outside and beyond self-created circles, which is something quite different from the hope of the young. Youthful hopes have concrete goals, whereas the hope of later years is usually aimless hope, hope without goals, even naked hope—perhaps real hope.
The life and death of a human being is so exquisitely calibrated as to automatically produce union with Spirit. Kathleen Dowling Singh
You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute. Tina Fey