Speaking of bringing the mind into the heart

May 1, 2017 — 1 Comment

Some of us, including me, struggle with a head-based spiritual life. It is difficult for me to open up my heart before God, probably because it is difficult for me to open up my heart to myself. Last week I heard the following quotes which were like candles in the darkness:

“I will remind you of only one thing: one must descend with the mind into the heart, and there stand before the face of the Lord, ever present, all seeing within you. The prayer takes a firm and steadfast hold, when a small fire begins to burn in the heart. Try not to quench this fire, and it will become established in such a way that the prayer repeats itself: and then you will have within you a small murmuring stream.”
Theophan the Recluse

“Prayer is standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart—that is, in the point of our being where there are no divisions or distinctions and where we are totally one within ourselves, with God, and with others and the whole of creation. In the heart of God the Spirit dwells, and there the great encounter takes place. There, heart speaks to heart as we stand before the face of the Lord, ever present, all seeing, within us. And there, in the place of the heart, spiritual formation takes place.”
Henri Nouwen in Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit 

One response to Speaking of bringing the mind into the heart

  1. 
    Teresa Arledge May 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you, Annie, for these wonderful and meaningful thoughts. They are especially timely right now. Love, Tess

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