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The Spiritual Path is an Endless Journey

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Photo: Michelle Chaplow

 

Beyond one range of mountains—yet another range.

–Shinsan zengoshu

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Written by MattAndJojang

November 18, 2018 at 5:15 pm

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  1. Hi Matt,

    Rather bizarrely, I am about to go on retreat for a few days and have been giving the theme;

    “Focus on those things He wants you to focus on, and do not focus on those things He does not want you to focus on.”

    A beautiful and inspiring photo. Thank you, and God bless you loads,

    Senan

    Senan of Somerset

    November 19, 2018 at 8:47 pm

  2. Hi, Senan,

    This quote has been playing in my mind for almost a week now. So, I decided to post it. Glad that you liked it, as well as the photo.

    I’ve been reflecting on my 45+ years in the spiritual journey. And this quote just emphasizes one of the things that I realized. The spiritual journey never ends. In fact, I feel I’m just beginning!

    Which reminds me of a line in T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets:”

    “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

    Blessings,
    Matt

    MattAndJojang

    November 20, 2018 at 10:59 am

  3. Dear Matt,

    So very true. But most of us seem to make it up to the top of one mountain thanks to a little effort on our part that was made possible by the work of others only to stop and admire the view of the mountain range, never venturing to climb the next mountain. Content for it and the other mountains to remain mysteries from a afar.

    Almost immediately after seeing this picture and quote it reminded me of time traveling (via a ski lift) to the top of mountain with my family in Montana. We could see Mount St. Nicklaus and had a beautiful panoramic of the Rocky Mountains.

    Thanks so much for your work here, it brought back a such a nice memory. Making your little sharing here – a gift.

    May you and your family have a Blessed Christmas time.

    Christopher H

    December 16, 2018 at 9:14 pm

  4. Hi, Christopher,

    What you said is so true. I guess that’s human nature. We don’t want to get out of our comfort zone most of the time. Upon climbing one mountain we lose our motivation to climb another one but, instead, simply admire the other mountains for afar.

    I’m glad that our post brought back good memories with your family. I have the same experience when I read the writings of other people. Which reminds me that we are always affecting each other.

    For the past few days, I found my self reflecting that who I am now I owe to the grace of God and the influence and love of many people. Starting with the people who first held me in my arms — my parents… up to my most recent friends. Truly, we live in an interconnected, interrelated and interdependent universe.

    Wishing you, too, and your family a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year!

    Blessings,
    Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 17, 2018 at 7:43 pm


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