Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Practice, practice

Steve's comment mentioned the word persistence which reminded me of a book I just finished reading with a group. It's called Compassion, by Henri Nouwen & two other theologians.

In Part Three, The Compassionate Way, Chapter 7 is entitled Patience and delves into the concept of discipline, not as a rigorous effort of control but as an effort of practice that enables revelation of divine spirit. Through the discipline of prayer and meditation, we patiently make ourselves available to experience the divine presence in our lives. Here's a direct quote, "Without discipline, the forces that call us by our old names and pull us into competitive games are too strong to resist."

Wow, that sounds like something a lot of us can identify with. Another thing he mentions that I also like is the idea that compassion cannot be willed. He/they state that compassion is a divine gift . . . it is not conquered but given by the grace of God.

I was at a meeting sometime in the last couple weeks where the subject was change. Some people prayed for change (I might have already posted on this) and maybe this is just semantics but what works for me is to pray for the lifting of my defects, my fear and narcissism and ask to be humble and accepting of what life presents me. And THEN things change.



  1. Gosh, I dunno Carol. I pray now for knowledge of His will, and power to do it. In that doing there has to be some change (especially in MY behaviors!).

    I've gotta think about "things change". Up to now I believed that things stay the same, but if *I* change, my perception of them (Peeps and things) will also change. Note that I need God's help to change, but I got to make that decision to change (only me).

    I hope I'm making sense, first to me, then to you also...

    At any rate, we ARE in the same game--living, changing, praying, loving, helping others, being, and yes, DOING! And we are all winners, who partake of these gifts in this--for me--new way of life!

  2. Steps 6 & 7. It's all in the 12 steps.

  3. Hi Carol,
    I think a dedicated practice is a good avenue to deeper understanding and insight into things. If you want to get good at pretty much anything, you have to practice, and a lot.

    George Leonard wrote a book on Mastery many years ago and I refer to it often.

    Here's a story that might resonate with you: I think you'll be inspired!

    best wishes...