From Ann Glover O’Dell’s Midwifing the Soul:
I sought to listen to my Lord.
By various means I tried to hear Him speak–
a brightening breeze through leafed-out trees
a bird outside my window pane
a tiny stream o’er river rocks
a sung word touching deep within
a Scripture phrase speaking anew
and my own pen bringing forth more
In these and more I thought I heard my Lord.
But then my heart, still restless, searched again
for music far beyond the lovely singing
for just one sacred word for mantra’s sake
for inspiration wordless as a feeling.
And then my heart declared to me “search on!”
to reach beyond the music to the silence
to find the space beyond all sacred speech
to journey safe beyond diverse distractions.
I found the place at last
filled with wonder dark and fathomless
a stillness indescribable
a place beyond all time and memory
a depth beyond my wide imagining
the center of my very self it is
where even consciousness appears suspended
there is where my Lord comes now to me.
From Celia’s Images in a Reflecting Pool: a Journal:
There is a point at which too much work to do becomes clearly counterproductive, because one’s stress level impedes actually turning out the work at a reasonable pace.
In the midst of 800 junior high students clamoring for attention in their school library, I once said to myself (over and over, in a kind of refrain), “If I do nothing else, I will remain calm.”
Of course, that affirmation actually put me in a frame of mind in which I could do something else. Reverse psychology is a powerful protective device.
On the strength in remaining calm: “When I’m not stressed, I think I can handle virtually anything.”
On solving problems: “No decision can be really difficult unless we complicate the issue by worry.”