is a way of preserving experiences,
of which many are transient and beautiful,
and that need help remembering.
puts me in touch with
a blithe, carefree part of myself
that can help me cope with inevitable rejections and humiliations.
It does not suggest that all is well,
but delights in Optimism.
offers me a grand and serious vantage point
from which to survey the travails of the human condition,
inspiring me to simple contemplation,
a long loving look at what is.
pries open my eyes to the tiresomely familiar,
but critically important,
ideas about how to lead a balanced and good life,
with reminders of balance and goodness
that I should never presume I know enough about.
takes thoughts I experience half-formed
giving them clearer expression,
using what was often thought,
but ne’er so well expressed.
A fugitive and elusive part of my own thinking,
my own experience,
is taken up, edited, and returned to me
better than it was before,
so that I feel, at last,
that I know myself more clearly.
awakens me with powerful examples
of the kind of alien material that
provokes any boredom and fear,
and allows me time and privacy
to learn to deal with it,
an important first step in overcoming defensiveness
by becoming more open about the strangeness
that I feel in certain situations.
leads me to a more accurate assessment
of what is valuable
by working against habit
and inviting me
to recalibrate what I admire or love.
from the tyranny of
religious rules, regulations, rites, and rituals;
free to dialogue, learn, and grow.
teaches me to be
more compassionate to myself
as I endeavor to make the best of my circumstances,
as they are.
does the opposite of glamorizing the unattainable;
it reawakens me to the genuine merit of life
as I'm both forced and privileged to lead it.
A Key to my Spiritual Growth.