Wednesday, April 22, 2009


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A brief glance through a centering book by Matthew Fox, "Meditations with Meister Eckhart." My eyes fell on this small reflection regarding the soul and compassion -

You ask me what the human soul is?
No human science can ever fathom
what the soul is in its depth.

What the soul is in its ground,
no one knows. But this we do know:
That the soul is where
God works compassion.

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  1. I remember when I was five and first went to school, the teacher was trying to explain to us what the soul is. I ended up getting the idea that it was a kind of white ghost form that drifted along above us. I believed that for years.

    That's the mistake of trying to be too definite, and that's why I like these lines.

    I'm going to have to get some Matthew Fox, he keeps popping up as someone I should read.

  2. SS & Tess - i was introduced to Fox & Eckhart my first year of graduate school. they were both significant and memorable in helping me begin to grasp the "mystery" and/or less "definitive" aspects of things.

    thanks for the reminder! xoxo

  3. Lucy - Matthew Fox - I'm adding him to my list of maybe going to read. However, my reading will take back up on new works as I've just finished "The Brothers Karamazov" - man that was a long road to nowhere for me.....

  4. I like that excerpt about compassion and the soul from Matthew Fox's book.

  5. Lucy, back to my comment, I'm assuming that Mr. Fox has written more than just about Meister Eckhart?