Thursday, August 4, 2011
Am I Looking for the Infinite in the Finite?
I love to read. I love to read from poets and mystics and theologians and Franciscan monks and men and women who describe their pilgrimage. Reading is the equivalent of eating. I feast upon good books and deep thoughts and touching memoir.
I love to listen to music. If I'm feeling lethargic, music can serve to energize me. The Stones. Springsteen. Steve Winwood's, "You Gotta Roll With It, Baby." Marshall Tucker's "Can't You See?" Some music soothes and comforts my melancholy. Van Morrison has made me cry. Sarah McLachlan's mournful soul has caressed my own.
I'm always looking for the next book to ground me, to anchor me in my journey. I'm always listening to the next new artist, hoping that, maybe this time , the healing will come, the mood will stabilize, the epiphany will occur.
I think I'm kidding myself. I want to read, but I don't want to be read by the One who truly knows me. I want to continue to expand my mind, hoping that through the vehicle of my mind I will eventually experience that "Aha!" revelation. At other times I feel it is the heart that is the necessary mode of movement. Maybe the next album will usher in a new lasting sense of peace and ease my anxious spirit.
There's a part of me that knows better. Yet, a part continues to pursue down paths that will not lead me to my desired destination.
Don't worry; I'm not about to engage in a frenzied book-burning extravaganza. I'm not going to melt my cd's in a puddle, fueled by misguided repentance. I'll keep reading, I'll keep listening. Two questions arise. Am I willing to be read? Secondly, am I willing to listen to One who speaks in silence and solitude?
Mick Jagger put it well: I can't get no satisfaction. . . .and I try, and I try, and I try.