Posted by: Mark Nielsen | April 21, 2019

Anxiety and Consciousness -an Eastern Easter Meditation

Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul,
except sin.
God commands you to pray,
but He forbids you to worry.

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

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“And I pray that I may forget

These matters that with myself I too much discuss

Too much explain…

Teach us to care and not to care

Teach us to sit still.”

Ash Wednesday,

T.S. Eliot (1930)

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laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph
and death i think is no parenthesis

“since feeling is first” by E. E. Cummings, first published in 1926 in the book is 5.


Thich Nhat HanhVietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.—

On the Christian Eucharist, eating, mindfulness, and awareness

For more, start with Hanh’s

Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through the Storm

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Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.John 20

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