The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes
Here in Annapolis, it is a rainy day and out my back door, I look unto these woods and gratefully retreat into this sanctuary I call home. I watched the rain this morning, and couldn’t help but remember Shakespeare’s words that opened this post, and in particular, this line:
It blesses him that gives and him that takes.
Rereading this simple quote from the Merchant of Venice, I sighed and let go..
Just a moment to breathe; to consider the quality of mercy.
What arose with this contemplation was my longing to bring this to you – this sweet, and peaceful quiet; this purifying, cleansing shower of blessings. It is my hope that it brings you solace and comfort; that as you read this, you sigh and let go, too.
It takes a moment to change the mind and to change it’s focus and direction,
Just this moment. So, as you read this, breathe deeply; very deeply.
Think of these words and have mercy on yourself.
Forgive yourself for the rushing about. Forgive yourself for your impatience. Forgive your anger and your forgetfulness – it can’t change the reality of Who You Are.
Deep, deep, breath of mercy – a shower of blessings for your dry heart.
May the desert of fear be returned to the moist soil of compassion, kindness, love and mercy.
See how simple this is? See how powerful is your mind? Imagine now extending this in all directions to all others, and your mind only expands into the Vast Space of Its Realization; if only for a moment.
With great reverence and thanks.