Today, I am at work. I am here extra early. I didn't do any exercise this morning. I do have much work to complete for a refrigeration safety review.
But, though I slept longer instead of exercise, I did not skip my spiritual exercise. This morning, I touched on A Course in Miracles workbook lesson 189 and chapter 27.IV "The Quiet Answer" from the text. As I read "quiet", I let go of my world and let God's world take over. My world had men who think it is ok to rape women, or kidnap school girls to sell, or continue the mad capitalism or materialism which is killing a peaceful society. In my world, I grow old and wonder if my heel will ever relax and stop hurting; so I can walk for miles.
In God's world, there is quiet:
Lesson 189: "Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of
what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the
world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything
it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it
judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto
nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one
belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget
this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God."
Text 27.IV: "In quietness are all things answered, and is every problem quietly resolved....The holy instant is the interval in which the mind is still enough to hear an
answer that is not entailed within the question asked. It offers something new
and different from the question."
Perhaps it was not my choice but spirit's that brings me to this moment. It occurs to me how much I need the text and workbook of A Course in Miracles to remind me of quiet; and that in quiet I get my answer. When I choose quiet, I relax. I can go do my day.
At times, I feel as if I am still digging my way out of foot surgery and 6 weeks of non- weight bearing living. I feel as if I am still getting to know this post-menopausal body; but also to build it. But the methodology of training is not the same. Other women can walk 100 miles, or 72 hours, or 10 days. This opportunity is available to me; but I need to learn a new way.
In quiet, I receive my answers. In the Holy Instant, I hear what the Spirit is saying. I can "simply do this."