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Virtue of Contentment

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Oh sacred season of autumn, be my teacher, for I wish to learn the virtue of contentment."

This is a quote from a wonderful book of meditations, "Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim."
by Fr. Edward Hay.

He speaks of autumn as a season of contentment, full barns, harvested fields, and the busy work of growth and giving life is now completed.

Time to reflect and I suggest time to appreciate what we have and have accomplished as we move into this season.

I become very self critical and demoralized at times when I feel I am sabotaging my own efforts. The Fr Hay reminds me to reflect, allow contentment, and remember all we have given, and all we have received. It is ok to take time out from the busyness and strife. It is ok if we plateau for a while. Reflection will give us strength.

May we allow ourselves kindness and appreciate these autumn days for what they can teach us.

"May I know the contentment that allows the totality of my energies to come to full flower." (Fr Hay)

This week I had two wonderful, cool, breezy and sunshine filled walks in the woods. I was fully reminded of this splendid season of contentment.

Not sure if this blog is making sense or if the thoughts seem to random. But I think I will post it anyway. That is part of the fun of being able to blog to fellow Sparkers.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AZIMAT 10/16/2012 8:15AM

    Good thoughts, thanks for taking the time to write this. Accepting the fact that I'm in the autumn of my life is something that I'm coming to grips with. (Hope it's early autumn.)

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CARRAND 10/14/2012 6:24PM

    I love your blog. Contentment is something we should all practice.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/14/2012 9:58AM

    Love your ideas and focus, Bill! And I also love Hay -- his writing and his work. ( He spent many years working with inmates in Kansas prisons, such a forgotten population and such important work.) And BEARGODDESS, I am so right there with you about the "real" new year, which for me starts with the end of autumn-beginning of winter, time to start over, to reflect within and to simply BE...expectantly.

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DOKEYOKEY 10/13/2012 9:44PM

    Makes complete sense! Fall is a time for inwardness and reflection, so I'm glad you're giving yourself that gift!


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BEARGODDESS 10/13/2012 9:42PM

    I like random thoughts myself! These are beautiful! To me, the new year starts at the end of October. Everything comes to fruition then, and then we rest during the winter, and are renewed again in the Spring. I've always thought that it was strange to celebrate New Years in the dead of winter.

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