Believing the Best of People

In my secular work, the clinical team shares a daily reading during their staff meetings. Today's, June 17th, caught my eye. Thus, we interrupt the series of Two Trees meditations for the following ... meditation:The desire to believe the best of people is a prerequisite for intercourse with strangers; suspicion is reserved for friends. -- Mary McCarthyHow often we find ourselves treating our acquaintances with exquisite courtesy, while … [Read more...]

The Two Trees (11 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]In the Garden ...Knowledge.Eating of the fruits of the Tree in the Garden, we find that we can’t get our fill. “More, more, more!” we passionately cry. Though we tire of anger, it seems to be a constant, consistent, emotion in our dominion.Lust, we find, leads to action. The deed being done, we lie alone wasted with grief and remorse. The cure for which we also seek upon the Tree in the Garden. For the beautiful creature claim … [Read more...]

The Two Trees (10 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]In the Wilderness ...It seems that every day we awake in the Wilderness. Then we must choose to either spend our time in the Garden or on the Hill.Decisions, decisions, decisions ...“I cannot do it alone.” It was just a thought. Or did it come from deeper within? Whatever it was, it landed us on the Hill! But, immediately upon our arrival, we found that we were surrounded by blood. Just before we cried “No!” ... our souls were … [Read more...]

The Two Trees (9 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]Again in the Garden ...Our soul alone in silence waits.Something is not right. In the Garden, we think we have found Paradise. Yet why is our soul so unhappy? Can it not taste the fruit? Does it not feel the power? Is it not shining with the light of the Garden?“No,” says the soul. For a moment, our brain -- even our body -- agrees. But we KNOW better.“You have eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,” says the so … [Read more...]


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