Today, Parker Palmer posted the following observation from Thomas Merton on Facebook:
When we fall into the frenzy of overwork, we do violence to ourselves and kill “the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”
We need to expand our understanding of “violence”, a concept that goes well beyond doing physical harm. We do violence every time we violate, or fail to respect, our own or another person’s soul. Psychological and spiritual violence do as much harm in their way as bombs and bullets do in theirs.
Living nonviolently means more than “Thou shalt not kill.” It means, “Thou shalt not violate anyone’s soul”, including your own…
This week, I am living nonviolently. I am giving my soul a rest. I am tending my roots of inner wisdom.
What a perspective–I need to send this to my hard-working hubby 🙂
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Oh, how I needed to hear this today. My soul totally needs a spa day.
Right?!!! Turns out that putting a book together and launching it – about 15 months from start to launch – is exhausting work!!! I admit to feeling like a bit of a wimp for taking time off; and yet have gotten such support for it, I should probably change my tune!!! Good to hear from you,Jeannine.
Humpty Dumpty is gluing herself back together. It’s an uneven process sometimes.
Right?!!! No worries about that – makes far more interesting product in the end – cracks to let the light in, and so on. 🙂
I can’t respond on your site, a password issue, but I am moved and applaud how you are taking of yourself and respecting yourself. My best to you and continue to nurture …….. Anne
Actually, Anne – this IS a response on my site; and thank you so much! I’m learning, slowly, but learning. 🙂