self-awareness

Self-Acceptance

"I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep, is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints."—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

 

Silence Before the Mystery of Life

Silence Before the Mystery of Life

Silence before the awesome Presence and Power of the Divine is a continuous biblical theme. Elijah's encounter with the "the still small voice" of the King James Bible is better rendered by the New Revised Standard Version:

Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.