21 October 2009

always open

Living in the presence of God does not mean constantly thinking about God. That would split us internally and be too much for us. Rather, it is a matter of opening oneself to a reality, surrendering oneself to the God who surrounds one.

Thus practicing the presence of God does not consist of training in concentration, but on the contrary of relaxing, letting oneself rest in the reality of God, in whom we move and are. Therefore this practice must be carried out not so much in the head as in the body.

Our hearts are to rest in the God who is present; our behavior, our posture, our way of speaking, standing, and walking, our internal collectedness in everything we do should witness to the experience of the God who is present.

Benedict of Nursia - His Message for Today
Anselm Grun, OSB

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