The streams of awareness in us becoming living water – a meditation @LeeAbbeyDevon

I walked down to Lee Bay this morning as the sun shone, part of the Lee Abbey Estate where I am running a retreat on mindfulness of God. To be mindful of God I need to inhabit my body, my emotions, my mind and my soul.

As you get closer to the beach you pick up a little but strong stream that runs alongside you. I stopped and paid attention to it. 

The stream became symbolic for me, and I thought about the streams of awareness in us, in me, our senses. Not just the traditional five, wonderful though they are but also the sense of our own body, sensing our thoughts and feelings, other people’s feelings (see Daniel Siegel, an interpersonal neurobiologist for his 8 senses). But also the ability to sense the presence of God with all our senses.

I then thought what if I allow these streams of awareness in me to become living water, inhabited by God’s Holy Spirit – able to see and sense through God’s eyes.

Coming here to Lee Abbey gives me a taste of what that might be like and also the desire to seek it first above my other desires.

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