Most of you who read this blog will know by now that I subscribe to Richard Rohr’s daily thoughts. Some of you will have subscribed yourself and some of you have been meaning to for a while …. and others have expressed there freedom to not subscribe.
As with all ‘stuff’ sometimes the words of the thought really resonate, sometimes they are way off mark and you forget them quickly, sometimes they challenge and sit .. and you don’t quite no why. Today is a day when the words are just there and do not shift … even though I am in the midst of essay writing, the words of this morning’s thought keep winding their way back into my conscious thoughts.
In a post about listening to our bodies, Richard Rohr quotes these words from John O’Donohue:
Your mind can deceive you and put all kinds of barriers between you and your nature; but your body does not lie. Your body tells you, if you attend to it, how your life is and if you are living from your soul or from the labyrinths of your negativity. . . . The human body is the most complex, refined, and harmonious totality.
Your body is, in essence, a crowd of different members who work in harmony to make your belonging in the world possible. . . . The soul is not simply within the body, hidden somewhere within its recesses. The truth is rather the converse. Your body is in the soul. And the soul suffuses you completely.
As I said, I don’t really know why they are sitting and hitting today … but there is something in that image of body being a ‘crowd of different members’ working in harmony. An ordered harmonious crowd is quite a challenging image to grasp.
It’s a bizarre image, but a deeply provocative and maybe even disconcerting image of who we are …. and that image of soul …. I’m not even sure I can grasp what that means entirely, and what the implications are for how I be myself …. but I will continue to contemplate and see what arises ….