I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Wayne Muller is a minister, therapist, and founder of Bread for the Journey, a community-based organization that serves families in need. His most recent publications include the nonfiction books A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough and Learning to Pray: How We Find Heaven on Earth. He lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In the stillness there are forces and voices and hands and nourishment that arise, that take our breath away, but we can never know this, know this, until we rest.