Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thursday, 3/26/09 - "A SECRET PLACE"

(Kolmanskop, Namibia. Kolmanskop is an abandoned diamond mine near the coast.)


These words are typed on a small square of paper and taped to my bathroom mirror:

Humility is perpetual quietness of heart.

It is to have no trouble.
It is never to be fretted or vexed, or irritable,

to wonder at nothing that is done to me,
to feel nothing that is done against me.

It is to be at rest when nobody praises me,
and when I am blamed or despised,
it is to have a blessed home in myself

where I can go in and shut the door
and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace,

as in a deep sea of calmness,
when all around and about is seeming trouble.

(Author unknown)

Wonderful sentiments, hopes, and never be fretted, vexed, or be at peace even when being blamed or unrecognized by others. How are these things possible?

How beautiful to be able to go into myself, shut the mental door, and be at peace with God deep inside. This takes faith and trust and a willingness to suspend useless and detrimental old behaviors in the face of adversity, behaviors such as angry words, using the 'silent treatment', resorting to self-destructive behaviors like overeating, binge shopping, not sleeping. Instead of resorting to these behaviors, to stay quiet and pray.


Hidden recess in my mind

Filled with light and warmth and love

There glows a place entirely calm

Acceptance, trust, and faith I find

All knowing, understanding deep in there

Expands the sense of peace - - surrounds

Echoes in the heartbeat all around
God shares his proof of total care

Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: Kolmanskop-Namibia by Chris Gray-ga)


clean and crazy said...

wow, thank you for this moment of serenity. I need to calm my voice and meditate, and you just gave me a map on that. This is probably the most powerful sentiment I have read from you and i am so grateful I stopped by. Thanks again I feel very warm inside being close to my higher power

Shadow said...

a beautiful message indeed. and the pic? that's from my sister home country...

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Boy, the Spirit is definitely heavy this morning... It coming out in dew on my cheeks with each additional word I read.

God is carried in silent words...

Gabriella Moonlight said...

thank you so much for my morning meditation at my work desk...this always helps to clear my mind and banish the ego if but for a moment in time for love! Thank you PG!

steveroni said...

I guess my most 'secret place' is in my heart--it is only there I can truly hide...or let truth be known.

Cat said...

Such a calming force in this post today - thank you PG!

Syd said...

You always write the most calming thoughts. I like that humility is a perpetual quietness of heart. I strive for that quietness every day.