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ancientdeepwatchingfrees #contemplation

This is a link to www.christiantoday.com which has a longer article on slowing down at Advent and turning away from our anxious, acquisitive, competitive and suspicious watching this Christmas, to a deeper watching modelled by Jesus.

 

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One-Minute Icon – losing our get up and go #timeout

Have you lost your Go sign?

Walking back from the gym the other day I saw this Go sign that had been thrown into a field.

Take a minute out of clock-time and just observe it. If your mind wanders, notice where it goes and bring it back to the picture. Allow whatever comes into your awareness to be noticed, and then come back to the picture. What comes to mind for you? Have you lost your Go sign?

What struck me is that often we lose our Go sign, we simply cannot get up and go. I think that is because often we have first lost our amber ‘Slow down’ sign. Our ‘Stop’ sign is not even in our awareness or consciousness, it is buried deep within.

Advent tells us to slow down. Sometimes it is our bodies that shout ‘stop!’ We need all three signs working well.

When was the last time you consciously slowed down, or simply stopped?

What is this life if full of care

We have no time to stand and stare?

William Henry Davies

For the full poem here is the link: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/leisure/