torsdag 3 november 2011

Love's Follower

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,”  he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

Mark 10:21-24 [Read the full story.]




In meditation we often have a lot on our minds. Either we think highly of ourselves, our achievements, our state of mind. Or, we beat ourselves up about our lack of progress or understanding. In both these cases, there is a latching on to certain beliefs about how things are, or how they are not; how things should be, or how they shouldn't be.

Firmly grasping our beliefs in this manner seems to hinder us from fully doing whatever it is we're currently doing, like our meditation. Or anything. Raking leaves, walking the dog, eating lunch. Instead of simply living the action of the present moment, we are busy trying to manipulate it, by holding on to or pushing it away.

Maybe we could say, that rich is the one firmly attached to beliefs about this or that, whatever it may be. Then to forsake all of one's riches and walk naked into the unknown—that, surely, is an expression of love.



Art: Love and Money, by Dennis Kelly

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