Here it is: Your Moment of Zen.
June 9, 2009
Photo by Flickr user Cuppojoe
My mama (HI MOM!) sent me this insight from St. Theresa, which is in its essence very “Zen.” This is an excellent example of parallel thought between Christianity and Buddhism, and also an excellent example of how one of the three people reading my blog is my mom.
“What the soul must do during these seasons of quietness amounts to no more than proceeding gently and noiselessly in prayer. What I mean by noise is running about with the intellect, looking for many words and meanings so as to give thanks for this gift, and piling up one’s sins and faults in order to see that the gift is unmerited. Everything is in motion and rush. The intellect is thinking hard and the memory is hurrying about in the past…Therefore, in such times of quietude, let the soul remain in its repose. Put aside learning. The time will come when learning will be useful for the Lord. Believe me, in the presence of infinite Wisdom, a little study of humility and one act of humility is worth all the knowledge of the world. For here there is no demand for reasoning, but simply for knowing what we are and that we are humbly in God’s presence.”