In this ‘Earth Week’ I wanted to link gratefulness to our perishable earth and so I am sharing the wisdom of Brother David Steindle-Rast OSB.
I have been listening to his TED talk of late and his ‘On Being’ interview. You may be one of the 6 million people who have already heard this talk. If so I hope you still enjoy it as you follow his suggestions of Stop, Listen and Go..
The second talk, with link below, is from last year’s talk “Faith, Mysticism and Prayer”.
His talk are quite inspiring. He discusses our place in the universe and our immersion in the mystery of all life. In his words we are ‘enfleshed’ in the universe. He talks about our breath being the spirit of creation within us and within all creation. He focus all things around an attitude and intention to gratefulness which he sees at the heart of our human development and which affirms and connects us in our personal sense of belonging. has been involved in inter-religious dialogue for decades and I find his talks heartening as we see the bigger picture he paints for us.
I hope you may find time to listen to each of the talks. The Ted talk is about 13 minutes.
Finally I am including the text of a poem by Rilke which is Brother David refers to as one he finds most poignant.
“we are continually overflowing toward those who preceded us,
toward our origin, and toward those who seemingly come after us. …
It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply,
so painfully and passionately,
that its essence can rise again “invisibly,” inside us.
We are the bees of the invisible.
We wildly collect the honey of the visible,
to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.”