|Addendum April, 2007
| One of the most wonderful gifts
we can receive is the ability to sing a new song.
“Sing to the Lord a new song…
I am doing a new thing (Isaiah 42:10, 43:19)!
At this time of year we are on the verge of an explosion of life.
I found this piece of prose written by the Netsilik Eskimo.
It describes the process we go through when we get a new song.
“Songs are thoughts,
sung out with the breath
when people are moved by great forces
and ordinary speech no longer suffices.
Man is moved just like the ice floe…
sailing here and there in the current.
His thoughts are driven by a flowing force when he feels joy,
when he feels fear,
and when he feels sorrow.
Thoughts can wash over him like a flood,
making his breath come in gasps and his heart throb.
Something like an abatement in the weather
will keep him thawed up.
And then it will happen that we,
who always think we are small,
will feel still smaller.
And we will fear to use words.
But it will happen that the words we need
will come of themselves.
When words we want to use shoot up of themselves…
we get a new song.”
Here is another comment about the need for receptivity:
“As my prayer became more attentive and inward
I had less and less to say.
I finally became completely silent.
I started to listen…
which is even further removed from speaking.
I then learned that praying is hearing,
not merely being silent.
This is how it is.
To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking.
Prayer involves becoming silent,
and being silent,
and waiting until God is heard.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Rumi talks about buying something…
getting involved in the journey,
instead of sitting on the sidelines.
“These spiritual window shoppers…
who would ask, “How much is that?”
or, “Oh, no, I’m just looking.”
They handle a hundred items and put them down.
Shadows…shopping with no capital.
In this shopping, what we spend is love
and two eyes wet with weeping.
But those who walk into the shop…
their whole lives pass suddenly
in that moment in that shop.
And afterward, someone says,
“Where did you go?” “No where.”
“What did you have to eat?” “Nothing much!”
Listen, even if you don’t know what you want,
even if you don’t know what you desire,
just to be a part of the exchanging flow.
Start a huge, foolish project…like Noah.
It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”
“When you slow down,
you begin to discover there is a silent awareness
of what it is that you do not want to look at.”