Monday, February 21, 2011

What you are must always displease you.....

"What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not."
St. Augustine

Notice when you are displeased, feeling uncomfortable or dissapointed with self. It points the way to further transformation. 
Ask: for the grace of understanding.

Be cautious with displeasure. We are good at making it an idol.
Ask often: "Where is the focus of my attention?"
      An Episcopal priest I know, The Rev. Greg Brown, suggests, "Attention is like currency. To what or whom are you paying your attention?"
Do not  hang on to displeasure, worrying it like a bleached bone.

Ask again: To whom am I paying my attention?
                To self, or to God?

Look with soft eyes upon what is offering the next step of your journey.
Ask: for it to be a gift of offerring to God with thanksgiving,  to be free to love self, others, and God more deeply. 

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