MEDITATION MONDAY – NOTICING OUR BLINDNESS AND SEEING DIFFERENTLY

Godspacelight | 3/25/2019 | Staff
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Lent is about noticing our blindness and seeing differently…maybe even for the first time. Walter Brueggemann: A Way Other Than Our Own 33)

Last week I broke down another wall in my Lenten garden. This wall wasn’t just blocking my view of the plant behind it, it was blinding me to the magnificent vista of the whole garden. Suddenly my perspective changed. I saw the garden differently and it as as though I was seeing it for the first time.

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What had initially felt like a rather confined, even claustrophobic space suddenly expanded into a sweeping vista, or at least that’s how seemed. When I created this garden each plant was in its own little box, you might even say in its own little exclusive garden. Now, even though there are still a few walls to come down, I can see most of the garden and can appreciate each plant not just for its individual beauty but for the beauty it contributes to the entire garden. And surprisingly the broken wall that changed my perspective was a rather small wall. When I picked it up to destroy it, I actually thought it would make little difference, but it mattered, and it mattered a lot.

I think that this is what happens when we break down the walls that separate us from other people or even the walls that separate us from our emotions or from our inner being. Sometimes our vision is confined to the tiny fragment of beauty within our own box. We like our walls, we take pride in our exclusivity. We think we know what all beauty looks like. We think we don’t need the immigrants, the Muslims, the homeless, the LGBTQ or even the myriads of animals, insects and plants that going extinct. But until we break...
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