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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Meditation Moments: About a foot wide

The sun is the width 
of a human foot.  
                                                  ~ Heraclitus* [c. 535–c. 475 BCE]

      Well, ok, then, maybe two human feet...and my first reaction is to laugh! I remember myself as a child lying on the grass blocking the sun with my foot and feeling powerful.
       And there you are, Sun, in all your resplendent presence pouring light upon us brightening, dazzling, blinding, warming, heating, wilting, frying us and then suddenly we're chilled by a passing cloud!  
          So much of life is a matter of perspective. Too much of a good thing followed by too much of a bad thing...and here I am trying to find balance, harmony, and just the right measure of objectivity. But when I get swept away in emotion, I can easily lose my perspective and feel overwhelmed. There have been moments when I was so lost in love I could hardly breathe, some moments when anger has sent my blood pressure nearly to explosion. And when the extremes of passion take over, the truth is lost. Help me, Lord of Sun, Moon, and Stars, to find the warming light in the darkness, the cooling shade in the heat, the balance between want and need, and, the wisdom to check the width of the sun every now and then.  amen. 

*Heraclitus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher born to an aristocratic family in Ephesus in what is now Turkey. He insisted that the "only constant is change" and most famously that "No man steps into the same river twice."  

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