Hour By Hour Gratitude – 9 quotes from Richard Rohr’s book – Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

by Mark Votava

9781616361570_p0_v1_s260x4201. “Right brain” activities

“I think the heart space is often opened by ‘right brain’ activities such as music, art, dance, nature, fasting, poetry, life-affirming sexuality, and, of course the art of relationship itself. Mass murderers are invariably loners who participate in one of these things but merely ruminate and retreat to their head and their explanations.”

2. Ever-deeper consciousness

“God brings us – through failure – from unconscious to ever-deeper consciousness…”

3. To find God in your own struggle with life

“People’s willingness to find God in their own struggle with life – and let it change them – is their deepest and truest obedience to God’s eternal will. We must admit this is what all of us do anyway, as ‘God comes to us disguised as our life’! Remember, always remember, that the heartfelt desire to do the will of God is, in fact, the truest will of God. At that point, God has won, and the ego has lost…”

4. Primary emotional relationship with life

“Addicts develop a love and trust relationship with a substance or compulsion of some kind, which becomes their primary emotional relationship with life itself. This is a god who cannot save. It is a momentary intensity passing for the intimacy they really want, and it is always quickly over.”

5. Hour by hour gratitude

“Our hour by hour gratitude is strong enough to overcome all temptations to resentment.”

6. How we situate ourselves in this world

“The longer I live the more I believe that truth is not an abstraction or an idea that can be put into formulas or mere words. Our real truth has to do with how we situate ourselves in this world…”

7. Skillful means

“What the Western religions sometimes called ‘wisdom,’ the Eastern religions often called ‘skillful means.’ Wisdom was not a mere aphorism in the head, but a practical, best and effective way to get the job done! One was either trained in skillful means by a master or parent, or it would be the long laborious school of trial and error, which seems to be the unfortunate pattern today. I am afraid that commonsense wisdom, or skillful means, is no longer common sense. We are a culture with many elderly people but not so many elders passing on wisdom.”

8. Fully conscious and fully liberated

“Didn’t Jesus tell us that we must love even our enemies? When we can on some level even love our sins and imperfections, which are our ‘enemies,’ we are fully conscious and fully liberated. God, who is Universal Consciousness itself, knows all things, absorbs all things, and forgives all things – for being what they are. If Jesus commands us to love our enemies, then we know that God must and will do the same. What hope and joy that gives us all! It takes away all fear of admitting wrongs.”

9. Wisdom and respect for the other

“To offer an apology in a way that can actually heal the other takes wisdom and respect for the other.”

Which quote do you like the best?

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