Art by Jeanne Leigh Denton
WANTING OUR LIVES TO MAKE SENSE
All day long you do this, and even in your sleep…
pan for gold.
We are looking for something to celebrate
with great enthusiasm.
wanting all our battles and toil and our life
to make sense.
“I found it, I found it, I found it!” a hermit once
began to shout, after spending years in
“Where? a young shepherd boy nearby asked.
And the hermit replied, “It may take a while, but I will show you.
For now just sit near to me.”
All Day long we do this, with our movements
and our thoughts…pan for gold~ HAFIZ
Panning for gold conjures up all kinds of images. When we think of what this would actually involve, well to begin with we would need to ask ourselves, “Where would we possibly find this gold?” We’d have to carefully research this because location would be essential. Then we would want to make sure we have the means and equipment to begin this work. Once these steps have been taken we would begin the work of focusing on our search. We get down on our knees looking intently, exploring each pan-full of material and disposing of what is not gold and keeping what we believe to be gold. Sure enough some of it will be fool’s gold. Ah…but if there is gold to be found we will find it. This is the way it works. This is all part of the journey for there is so much to learn and so little time.
Joan Chittister has been a “light” in my life for many years. Through her work I have found many real nuggets of gold. Chittister has spent her life panning for gold. She is a “truth seeker” and a very brave one. I found this short video this morning that amazed me. That she could put that much wisdom and insight in a 14 minute and 43 second talk just astounded me. You may not agree with her present understanding of things. That is okay. I don’t know where you are coming from but I encourage you to listen and at least think about some of the things she is saying. As I was told a long time ago “Eat the meat and spit out the bones”. If something here feeds your soul or lightens your way, help yourself. If not,I hope you find what you are looking for elsewhere.Let us keep panning for the gold while we have the opportunity.
Thanks for stopping by. Til next time…be at Peace. Love, Jeanne