Posted by: goodmorningmystic | January 10, 2012

Monastic Murmur

I just read a little blurb in a magazine where a woman stated that her worst habit was interrupting people.  She followed that little ditty by saying that her best quality was being a good listener. 

I laughed.  Really, this poor woman is so confused.  She can’t possibly be both a serial interrupter and a good listener.  It could be that she’s interrupting people because she’s clairvoyant and already knows what they’re going to say.   Probably not.  

No, I think she’s just trying to make herself look good by throwing in the listening part.  I know this to be true because I, too, am guilty of the terrible habit of interrupting people.  Admittedly, this interrupting behavior is immature but I would never admit that I was a good listener.   That’s the reason I interrupt.  I don’t want to listen.  Geez. 

I used to try and excuse the behavior as just one more loveable little quirk of mine.  I used to think I interrupted people because I was so engaged and so excited about the conversation at hand.  In reality I couldn’t help but butt in and cut the other person off.  Okay, I may be rude but at least I’m honest.  I find myself so bored with another person’s thought process – not to mention their inability to – spit it out – that I just cut them off.  Unable to endure one more round of bush beating I interrupt the other person’s train of thought because, simply put, I want them to stop talking and listen to ME!

 This is an annoying habit I would really, really like to change.   

What I would like to achieve is patience.  I want to maintain the staying power of your most attentive fan.  Hang on your every word.  I’ll soak up your wonderful way of putting ideas together and applaud your unique and creative mind.  My actual listening would sound like a quiet murmur, a hum of understanding and encouragement.   I would pay attention to you with a oneness that comes from living in the moment we share together.  I would find serenity in the moment. 

 It would be like a prayer.

 Don’t think I can do it???

 Libertas spiritus.

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Posted by: goodmorningmystic | January 3, 2012

Junia, Outstanding Among the Apostles

From the beginning of the development of Christianity women were actively involved in the Church.  Paul characterizes a woman named Junia as “outstanding among the apostles” (Rom. 16:7).  In the time since Paul wrote to praise Junia, other ancient writers who, in the Church’s unfortunate yet continual repression of women, gave her a sex change and began to refer to her as “Junias.”  Why?   Because in the Church’s continual repression of woman this woman’s name was taken over by men. 

It is thought that the root of such defamation in the Church lies in the notion that women are unclean, primarily due to their ability to menstruate.  There was also a secondary state of uncleanliness the Church believed was intrinsic to women related to the shame they carried with them as a result of the story of the Fall.  There also existed the fear that a women might still lure men to sin and away from God.

This is just one of many, many examples found in the history of Christianity which is unfortunately a history of how women were silenced and deprived of their rights.  Again, we have to ask why?  Why does one group seek to silence another?  To gain power.  Obviously women were gaining too much power and a group of threatened men sought to reduce their power and subjugate them.   It is the story of life.  It is a type of war.  Two thousand years later women still find this battle fatiguing. 

But don’t give up. Women and men today cannot imagine Jesus or the Creator condoning this type of suppression of Spirit.  Continue to fight.  Continue to pray.

Pray this morning that you hold in your mind and your heart the knowledge and understanding that God is far, far greater than the twisted thoughts of imperfect human beings. 

Libertas spiritus.

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