Sunday morning is a quieter time, Later breakfast , the newspaper,( yes I still love the texture and crackle of paper, the slow page turning) scattered over the couch and across the dining table. News papers are not just for wrapping fish and chips, they contain a world of inspiration. He reads out snippets from his portion of the paper and I luxuriate in the articles by my favourite authors. Often I will snip some of these out to fold in with mum’s weekly letter or card. Mum lives in another State, reads a different newspaper. life moves at a slower pace on Sundays.
A favourite column is written by the author Nikky Gemmell. The Weekend Australian magazine http://www.TheAustralian .com
Taken from her article on the busi – ness of women. Entitled “Swamped again” “Is this what having it all is meant to be like?
“ I have sometimes thought that a woman’s nature is like a great house full of rooms,” Edith Wharton wrote.
“There is the hall, through which everyone passes in going in and out; the drawing-room,where everyone receives formal visits; the sitting- room, where the members of the family come and go as they list;but beyond that, far beyond,are other rooms, the handles of whose doors perhaps are never turned; no one knows the way to them,no one knows whither they lead;and in the innermost room,the holy of holies, the soul sits alone and waits for a footstep that never comes.”
Initially woman can feel guilt, when they make space for themselves, they feel that time to sit in Mediation, their sanctity of silence, can only be taken when every one else’s needs are met.
If that is you – I encourage you to join a class, take a course in meditation, outside your home, a place where you cannot be interrupted.
Years ago Banti a visiting monk from Shrilanka, asked us if we found a rare and beautiful jewel shining in the roadway, after we had picked it up would we shout to tell all passing people what we had found? No he suggested we would keep it close to our heart and we would unwrap it on returning home. Meditation the monk explained is this shining, rare and wonder -ous jewel, we must keep it close and daily explore it’s beauty and wonder. Each time we approach it a new and wonder -ous facet will be seen , sparkling and new. Beauty and light, jewel like and bright can then be reflected in our life.
So do not let a facets of yourself be left alone and unknown. Your life and the lives of those who pass through the rooms of your generous nature will be enriched by the daily practice of meditation.
“Know thyself. “The words written above the door way for the Oracle of Delphi
I have sometimes thought a