"As tension cannot occur without the chain, so can temptation not be felt without desire." https://youtu.be/Ni75-fCcL6w The fettered man What is temptation? Imagine a man wakes up and finds himself chained to a wall by invisible steel fetters. But who, making no effort to leave the wall, hardly notices the chains and thus cannot experience … Continue reading Food for Thought: What is the role of desires in temptation?
A loss of anything can be difficult. When faced, there is initial pain that opens a void we struggle to fill. Loss is change. We call change a loss because something is no longer accessible in the form we are accustomed. Wanting what is no longer possible or resisting what is, leads to suffering. But … Continue reading Loss as change
https://youtu.be/JqCjPdsvjCU "The gift from above that is rain, and the faithful activity of the elements that bring it forth, should never be shooed away, but welcomed joyfully with open hearts filled with gratitude. For, through the nourishing and cleansing gift that is rain, we are ever again permitted a renewed experience of the Grace of … Continue reading Rain, rain, come and pour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwIvEyXLkSA For a long time, the prodigal son was eating the husks that the swine refused. Persecuted by want that the husks never seemed to satisfy, he suddenly remembered his Father’s House. A fervent yearning arose within to journey there, and thus humbly petition his Father for forgiveness of his transgressions, so he might … Continue reading Food for Thought: Temptations of the prodigal son (with audio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfNIXIsDmc0 ~Ikenna Q. Ezealah
The terms quietness and silence are used interchangeably, but are distinct concepts. Let me explain. Quietness is the reduction of sound Silence is focused attunement First, everything is energy. Energy always vibrates at a frequency, and frequency always produces sound, so everything produces sound. Thus, sound can never be eliminated, only reduced. As the range … Continue reading Quietness and Silence
Let us examine daily experiences to identify the operating principles. Imagine you are listening to a favorite song while driving somewhere, when suddenly you make a wrong turn. You are now in unfamiliar territory. What do we do? Immediately we tense up and straighten our posture! The song momentarily loses its appeal. Then, we do … Continue reading Reducing the volume
Have you noticed? No matter how great the goal is that we strive for, once we achieve it there is an initial feeling of euphoria. Soon after, this feeling starts fading and slowly gives way to a sensation of emptiness. The sheen of the recent success quickly loses its luster, and we are urged from … Continue reading The law of movement