The Two Trees (14 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] In the Garden … It is easier in the Garden. The Hill involves sacrifice. For love requires that one give up self for other. Joy necessitates suffering. Peace implies war. Patience is ultra-sacrificial. And kindness quite often makes us nauseous! Our taste buds dance [Read More…]

The Two Trees (13 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] Again on the Hill … “Fear God and all will be well.” There it is again — that thought. What does it mean to fear God? Why, how, is it that “all will be well?” The man who brought us to the Hill has [Read More…]

The Two Trees (12 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] On the Hill we sit … How we got here, we’re not quite sure. Yet, thankful we be. For some odd reason, it seems that we’ve been sitting here ‘neath the Tree on the Hill … staring off into space. And, oddly enough, this [Read More…]

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. [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 [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. [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 [Read More…]

The Two Trees (8 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] In the Garden … In the Garden there is only life. The hill of death and doom seems to us now like a bad dream. We are thankful to be in the Garden. The beautiful and inviting creature tells us that the Tree in [Read More…]

The Two Trees (7 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] In the Wilderness … The Wilderness is not where we want to be. Yet everyday finds us there with decisions to make. We are in the Wilderness today with bruises. We were kicked out of the Garden. Did we kick ourselves out? Anyway, we [Read More…]

The Two Trees (6 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] Again in the Wilderness … We were too smart for the Hill. The dream must have worn off. Now, in the Wilderness, we are tired and hungry. O soul, where art thou? Depression sinks in. It is lonely and arid in the Wilderness. We [Read More…]