"Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continually return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-worn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home to Itself . . . It is the Presence in the midst. Here is the Slumbering Christ, stirring to be awakened, to become the soul we clothe in earthly form and action. And He is within us all."
It is of utmost importance that we discover and learn to dwell within that inmost Center out of which our lives continually emerge. Society would seduce us into living merely on the periphery, drawing us from one distraction to the next, informing us that what will fulfill us is a life of constant chatter, non-stop social interactions, and mindless consumption.
Society lures us to continually check our social media apps, email accounts and cell phone messages, thus drawing us away from the unique creativity and inspiration that abide within our innermost Center. What we really need, therefore, is a life of self-discipline, silence, solitude, simplicity, meditation, journaling and time spent in Nature, all of which help return us to our own agency, thereby preventing us from becoming passive to the devious designs of corporations, advertisements, and the obsessive drama of the media and entertainment industries.
I pray, therefore, that we may heed the call of the still, small voice speaking peacefully yet persistently from deep, deep within us :)
Photo: Quartz crystal and Red Rocks Fountain Formation Conglomerate, Roxborough State Park, CO, March 12, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.