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.

2 thoughts on “Mystical Nature of Everyday Life”

  1. Achingly beautiful, rich with imagery and emotion – the emotion of longing. It does seem to be the challenge at this stage. We have become a little better at finding God in the ordinary, but finding God in the aging and decay, until what we see is the essence underneath, requires much stillness, much willingness to experience some kind of union with what we fight most against, and then to let our souls drink in the felt sense of the details and the whole together. Your God in the City is a challenge.

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