January 18, 2018
As I write, the sun is shining through my window touching my face with warmth and light. Outside it is a frigid 12 degrees.
But right now I am not outside. I am here, cozy, and warm. Reflecting, writing, being. Quiet and at peace. It is lovely.
In a while, I will be somewhere else. I will be involved in a different kind of activity in a different environment. Perhaps I will feel cold. Perhaps the sky will become gray again. Perhaps I will be surrounded by noise. I will be there.
In The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo shares a story about a monkey and a river:
It is said a great Zen teacher asked an initiate to sit by a stream until he heard all the water had to teach. After days of bending his mind around the scene, a small monkey happened by, and, in one seeming bound of joy, splashed about in the stream. The initiate wept and returned to his teacher, who scolded him lovingly, “The monkey heard. You just listened.”
The theme on Sunday is about being present. Perhaps we can dive into that stream together…
A quote to ponder: “These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones. They are what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.