The following quote is a reading I offered in my class this past week. It drew many comments and questions so I thought perhaps I would post it for easy reference.
I would like to express gratitude to Elena Brower for first sharing the quote. It is a wonderful contemplation, particularly when the mind continues to hold sway. As she asked at the end of sharing the quote, “How can we be more like our hearts?”
“The heart is quiet rather than noisy, intuitive rather than deductive, lives entirely in the present, and is, at every moment accepting of reality as it is. Moreover, the heart does not seek to distance itself from, or dominate anything or anyone by labelling.
Rather, it begins with an awareness of its relationship with the rest of creation (and everything and everyone in it),
It accepts rather than rejects,
finding similarity rather than alienation and likeness rather than difference.
Your heart knows no fear, it experiences no desire,
and never finds the need to defend or justify itself.
Unlike your mind, your heart never seeks to impose itself.
It is patient and undemanding.
It nourishes our bodies in every moment.
Little wonder, then, that the mind, always impatient and very demanding, manages to dominate the heart so thoroughly”
Words from Fr. Archimandrite Meletios Webber