The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. ~ Marcus Aurelius
I was drawn to this statue of the young woman the moment I entered the museum gallery. Even though the centuries have unkindly separated her nose from her face, I think her loveliness is still evident in the slight up-tilt at the corners of her mouth and her straightforward, clear-eyed expression. I’m struck by the fact that this woman who lived thousands of years ago could easily blend into a group of young women today.
My sister, one of my favourite theologians and wise women, has a wonderful insight on wisdom. She says that getting or gaining wisdom must begin with facing reality. Knowing things for what they are, having the commitment and the courage to question my assumptions, to see with clear eyes, to be humble enough to acknowledge that the vast history of human experience can help me understand and interpret my own experience of life. All of this is part of living a well-examined life, part of looking things in the face and knowing them for what they are.
This is Day 8 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is embracing solitude, providing space for contemplation and meditating with God. I’m reminding myself that the foundation for tending my soul well is regular time spent alone, without distractions, in communion with the Divine One. If embracing solitude is something new for you, start small. Even a few minutes a day will be beneficial.
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