ANOTHER VOICE

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WILD AND HOWLING winds swirling around the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield made for a reflective, elemental sort of a night. I’m a bit ambivalent about strong wind generally, on the one hand slightly fearful of its power and a tad resentful about its uninvited imposition, and on the other sometimes willing simply to “let go, let fly” – and the encounter with raw nature brings a fleeting sense of oneness with the swirling. With life.

Morning prayer in a gloriously quiet monastic environment lends the soul an opportunity to hear “another voice” – and oh what blessings are to be heard in the silent voices within – whether Divine or divine. Whether Love or loved ones. Connecting. Connected. Silently. Here in this moment. And in eternity.

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak

Mary Oliver

Just pay attention Simon Robert. Only pay attention. The word of the angels is near. Breathe is the word. Breathe

9 thoughts on “ANOTHER VOICE

  1. A wonderfully tranquil message in what’s been a tumultuous, emotional week here in the States. Thank you Simon! Hugs, L

  2. I LOVE this, “on the one hand slightly fearful of its power and a tad resentful about its uninvited imposition, and on the other sometimes willing simply to “let go, let fly” – and the encounter with raw nature brings a fleeting sense of oneness with the swirling. With life.
    You can feel the power and excitement in your words. Thank you for sharing.

  3. ‘A sense of oneness with the swirling’…figuratively and literally beautiful. Just breathe during this moment Simon Robert – yes. There are messages carried on the wind.

  4. the voice of hope…thank you, all who “pay attention” and lead us to that voice of truth

  5. I am one who is a child of the wind. I absolutely love its energy; how it clears the air of the stagnant. We live on Hawaii island’s northern shore, where tradewinds blow almost all the time. We’ve been without them now for almost two months, and both my husband and I feel a bit stupefied and sweaty. So I find it most interesting to read your observations on the wind. Nice post.

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