Because we must learn to live in the tension. We must learn to wisely hold it all. And if we can do this, we will find spaces in the tension—space for wisdom and peace and community.
We need to make our home in the tension, because all of life is happening in the middle of it. In the middle of our tension…
The urge to do violence to the ideas and beliefs of people with different political beliefs or faith traditions or worldviews will subside. Because we will have discovered the battle really isn’t between us and them. If we are willing to look closely, we will discover the battle is contained entirely within us.
We will experience each other as prisoners of our own internal wars, and with intimate knowledge of the experience, we will find ourselves eager to free each other, as well.
We will find a way to encounter conflict with strength…and with forgiveness.
We will walk into hatred and bring justice…as well as mercy.
We will stumble upon ignorance and shine knowledge there…with humility.
So, open yourself to the tension within, find a home there, find a deep and abiding love for yourself there, and then scatter that love everywhere you go.” —Dr. Kelly Flanagan
Wake up fifteen minutes early, but not in order to get a jump on the day. Instead, spend five minutes opening your eyes slowly, opening the eyes of your mind and your heart to a new day pregnant with the opportunity to rest. Feel the warmth of the covers on a cold winter morning. Attend to the dance of light on the ceiling from a summer sunrise.
Do nothing to the moment. Simply allow your self to be in the moment.” —Why The Amish Have It Better Than You