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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
From Unceasing Thinking to Unceasing Prayer (Henri Nouwen)
The best insight on prayer in my life that comes from Henri Nouwen that I first discovered almost 20 years ago now that for me has been life changing and liberating!
From Unceasing Thinking to Unceasing Prayer Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is "unceasing." Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love. Let's break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.