Monday, August 17, 2009

Focussing Our Minds and Hearts

How can we stay in solitude when we feel that deep urge to be distracted by people and events? The most simple way is to focus our minds and hearts on a word or picture that reminds us of God. By repeating quietly: "The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want," or by gazing lovingly at an icon of Jesus, we can bring our restless minds to some rest and experience a gentle divine presence.
This doesn't happen overnight. It asks a faithful practice. But when we spend a few moments every day just being with God, our endless distractions will gradually disappear.

Henri Nouwen - Daily Meditation

Note: We should not look at icon of Jesus, for nobody has seen the Lord except the early disciples, or any picture that reminds us of God, for nobody ever saw God in person, not even Moses. Else, we shall fall into idolatry.

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