Mystical Nature of Everyday Life

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.”– Meister Eckhart

Theresa Wyatt Prebilsky

I am in the dappled, shadowed world of reflection
beneath canopies of mighty oaks,
and bramble bush less organized in form,
but nonetheless draped in greens and brown;
clothes of new bud and cycle of life.

I hear the not-enough-distant sounds
of traveling cars and low thump rhythms
of city-rap songs blaringly loud;
persistent spoilers against a sought-out serenity,
in retreat just miles from my home in the city.

I seek a changed channel;
a frequency of Gods’ station,
a bandwidth below the ruckus of people working and playing;
the messy business of living, and
the panic of dying.

Be still here.
Be still.

The song bird trills beside the siren.

The squirrel rustles beneath a blanket of broken,
decayed and fading life of leaf and limbs once vibrant.

The fat tawny rabbit stops frozen,
still against a backdrop of fall’s elongated shadows
and sunshine more gold than the summer’s assault.

The caw of the crow bears witness to his domain of the sky,
above a tangled canopy of mingled malaise,
and the mystical nature of everyday life.

I am in the dappled, shadowed world of reflection
where God in the city is unearthed by the dyingly desperate,
discovered and revealed by the soul-sight of the willing.

I Am Thank You

“If the only prayer you say in your entire life is ‘Thank You’, that would suffice.”-Meister Eckhart

Theresa Wyatt Prebilsky

‘I am nothing,
and I am everything.’

This is a better reflection of how I feel
in the meadows of thank you;
better than uttering
the one fickle word – ‘humble’.
So overdone it is
with contradiction,
and too shallow a pool
of language and art spring.

For the Sake of God

“We are all meant to be mothers of God…for God is always needing to be born.” -Meister Eckhart

Theresa Wyatt Prebilsky

The chaff that falls away at the end of the harvest,
falls and renews the soil of next year’s crop.

For the sake of tomorrow,
let me shed the chaff of today.
For the sake of today,
let me be soil and womb for new birth.
For the sake of that birth,
let me be seed; pregnant with life.
For the sake of one life,
let me be fruit and of the vine.
For the sake of the vine,
let me willingly decay as part of tomorrow.

Yet, for the sake of the Whole I am more than fallen chaff.
I am greater in sum than autonomous service of the soil,
the seed, the fruit or decay in part.

So I pray to be rid and relieved of the lies of the separated Self.
And for the sake of God, be returned to the being
of Nature and one Mother of all.

Meditations with Meister Eckhart

“I pray God to rid me of God. The highest and loftiest thing that one can let go of is to let go of God for the sake of God.”-Meister Eckhart

This is just one of the provocative quotes from the book Meditations with Meister Eckhart, where Eckhart von Hochheim O.P.- more commonly known as Meister Eckhart- is introduced as “mystic and prophet, feminist and philosopher, preacher and theologian, administrator and poet, a spiritual genius and a declared heretic.”

I find Eckhart’s teachings intoxicating; inspiring, disturbing and familiar and as invitations to come closer to listen for the truths that have lasted since the 14th century. His teachings remind me of the majesty and mystery of my God that is bigger than a box of words or packages of proof. And they invite me to listen to the song of my soul, now and here.

I’ll be sharing some of what was shook and sanded as a tribute to this Christian Mystic, and as a ‘thank you’ to my fellow journeyers who inspire me to look for God in the city. But for now I’ll leave you with another one of Meister Eckhart’s writings. It makes me wonder that even way back when, when there was more country land than city, folks may have also been searching for the balance of solitude and rush; and seeking the peace of mind that only God can bring – no matter the landscape.

“Some people prefer solitude. They say their peace of mind depends on this. Others say they would be better off in church. If you do well, you do well wherever you are. If you fail, you fail wherever you are. Your surroundings don’t matter. God is with you everywhere — in the market place as well as in seclusion or in the church. If you look for nothing but God, nothing or no one can disturb you. God is not distracted by a multitude of things. Nor can we be.”-Meister Eckhart

Moveable priest

This includes a long quote, but it feels very appropriate for these times of feeling powerless over bad and senseless things happening. It brings me back again and again to remember that praying is powerful and not the least of what we can do. It is the most and first of all great acts and attitudes of love.

These words of hope reflect what I like to call the Moveable priest (intentional small p). Continue reading Moveable priest