Tuesday, January 24, 2012

into your heart






You must descend from
your head into your heart.
At present your thoughts of God
are in your head.  And God Himself is,
as it were, outside you, and 
so your prayer and other spiritual
exercises
remain exterior.  Whilst you are still
in your head,
thoughts will not easily be subdued but
will always be whirling about, like snow
in winter or
clouds of mosquitoes in summer.





~ Saint Theophan the Recluse
(an orthodox monk from 19th century Russia)


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