Paula Dean. The death of DOMA. Demise of certain voting act provisions. Immigration overhaul. George Zimmerman on trial. Aaron Hernandez arrested.
A week of surging news. I felt pulled apart by all the stories as I read the supreme court opinions, the oped pieces, the explanatory analysis, and the social media threads. I found myself getting a little jittery.
Then I realized I needed to take on the mind of Christ.
I had to step back and remember the world doesn’t revolve around U.S. politics (even when I’m agreeing with the politics), and the eternality of God’s purposes aren’t encapsulated in fillerbusters and supreme court decisions. Yes. We work for justice and live for peace and take up crosses and follow Jesus.
That’s when I came upon this great piece on meditation in the recent issue of The Atlantic. What I was being called back to what mediative prayer. The kind I learned from Richard Rohr, James Finley, and Basil Pennington. It’s a mindfulness thing. A way of engaging in the moments of life without being “tossed this way and that” by that moment.
I sat in zazen when I heard Nadal was out in the first round of Wimbledon. In sitting I was ready for a Federer exit later this week. I could read the news of DOMA and the Scalia rebuttal with equanimity. And I could praise God in all things.