Part of my daily routine is a short prayer: May all beings be happy. May all things be at peace. Thank you God for this most amazing day. The Lord is my shepherd. Thy will be done. I repeat it several times a day and it reminds me this is the only moment, the only time I can live in so I need enjoy it. This is supported by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Jackson Browne in this lovely post.
Daily Archives: September 24, 2013
Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk, shared this many years ago. It resonates even more in 2013 as we find ourselves entrenched in busy lives and struggle to find our way out of the activism and overwork. He suggested it is a form of violence on ourselves that does not let us find restful moments. The more inner peace we have the more we can share it with others. We host ourselves first and others feel invited into the banquet that results.
“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence … [and that is] activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence.
To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence.
The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work [and life] fruitful.”