We don’t decide what we believe and then accept and reject science based on whether or not it fits into our theology. To be spiritual in any sense is to commit, first of all, to what is. When it comes to the natural world, nothing tells us what is better than science.
Anyone who has ever painted or drawn knows the experience of dropping out of the world of words and time. A state of reverie takes over; there is no sensation of the passing of hours. The voice inside our head that allows us to talk to ourselves falls silent, and there is only color, form, texture and the way things flow together.
There is a theory to explain this. Language is centered on the left side of the brain. Art lives on the right side. You can’t draw a thing as long as you’re thinking about it in words. That’s why artists are inarticulate about their work, and why it is naive to ask them, “What were you thinking about when you did this?” They have given it less thought than you have.
Everything is impermanent. But so is impermanence.
Lent Reflection, Feb. 27, 2015 (World Center for Christian Meditation, 2015)
Most people are scared of dying, and that fear will motivate terrible, panicked behavior when a disaster breaks out. I’m not afraid to die. I don’t look forward to it but I’m not afraid of it.
I try to live in such a way as to overcome the fear of death more and more. I’m convinced this is the very best way to live and, when my time comes for dying, I’ll be glad I learned to live that way.
I don’t want to live, or die, in fear.
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.