Foxes have dens
and birds have nests,
but the son of humanity
has no place to lay his head and rest.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
Would you know rest?
Come here and sit beside me on the front porch.
The sun has warmed the cedar boards,
and picked up the greens and browns of the grain
like a piece of fine art.
at this free-form cement pad,
how seed shells from the birdfeeder
have fallen into the cracks and
beautiful weeds are unwinding from this
strange new soil.
The slug line glistens,
the seemingly dead pinecones roll under
the nervous sole of your tennis shoe.
Even in this snapshot,
everything is in motion
that you can
Journey through Logos:
While we move through this life, fully embodied, rest is a relative thing, like seasons, like breathing. We are in motion always. Even when asleep our body is repairing, assimilating, the work of being alive going on even when we are not at all conscious of it.
If a true rest awaits us, it is in learning to float on that current of motion, neither attached nor shoving its truth away from us. In a sense, Yeshua is saying that reigning is not about getting ground under our feet, or setting up a palace of the mind where things are unchanging and secure. Rather, he is asking us to see that our personal sovereignty depends upon our ability to be comfortable with the ambiguity and activity that is the very nature of life. That is the greater rest.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
God laughs again when two brothers divide their land with a string, saying to each other, "This side is mine and that side is yours." He laughs and says to Himself, "The whole universe belongs to Me, but they say they own this portion or that portion."
Live in the world like a waterfowl. The water clings to the bird, but the bird shakes it off. Live in the world like a mudfish. The fish lives in the mud, but its skin is always bright and shiny.
How do you work with the energies of fatigue, ambiguity and constant change in your own life? How does the deeper understanding of the inevitability of this motion affect how you respond to it?
We reign when we understand the deepest nature of rest is actually learning to relax into ever-present energy of change that is the reality of relative existence.
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