Eye Exam

I’m reading Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue. He writes of his tradition’s holistic understanding of Christianity. Here are a few things I highlighted this morning.

  • “When you really look deeply at something, it becomes part of you. This is one of the sinister aspects of television. People are constantly looking at empty and false images; these impoverished images are filling up the inner world of the heart.”
  • “Many of us have made our world so familiar that we do not see it anymore. An interesting question to ask yourself at night is, What did I really see this day?”
  • “To the fearful eye, all is threatening.”
  • “To the greedy eye, everything can be possessed.”
  • “To the judgmental eye, everything is closed in definitive frames.”
  • “To the resentful eye, everything is begrudged.”
  • “To the indifferent eye, nothing calls or awakens.”
  • “To the inferior eye, everyone else is greater.”
  • “To the loving eye, everything is real. This art of love is neither sentimental nor naive. Such love is the greatest criterion of truth, celebration, and reality. The loving eye can even coax pain, hurt, and violence toward transfiguration and renewal.”

This author is feeling no need to offer further insight other than I hope my eyes will cease to be fearful, greedy, judgmental, resentful, indifferent and inferior.

 

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