Saturday, February 27, 2016


"There is a point in happiness at which the mind simply rests in enjoyment, in a moment of tranquil attention to what is before it.  The obvious examples are from the experience of what is beautiful - listening to music, looking at a painting, enjoying a landscape; and from the realm of simple relaxation - by the sea, watching the white crest of a wave falling down itself with a final shudder on the wet sand while the mind relaxes, expands, reaches out to God knows what; and from the realm of love - the realization that you love and are loved and you search this mystery for words to hold it and finding none you know there is nothing to be done but silently rest in the centre of contentment.  Most people may not observe themselves doing this, but this actually is the beginning of contemplation, the mind held still to be in this presence." - J. Neville   Ward, from "The Use of Praying".


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