This was read in an Elena Brower yoga class I took tonight. How profoundly gorgeous and a wonderful way to start the weekend.
The heart is quiet rather than noisy, intuitive rather than deductive, lives entirely in the present, and is, at every moment, accepting of the reality God gives in that moment. Moreover, the heart does not seek to distance or dominate anything or anyone by labeling. Rather, it begins with an awareness of its relationship with the rest of creation (and everything and everyone in it), accepting rather than rejecting, finding similarity rather than alienation and likeness rather than difference. It knows no fear, experiences no desire, and never finds the need to defend or justify itself. Unlike the mind, the heart never seeks to impose itself. It is patient and undemanding it does its work with no prompting. Little wonder, then, that the mind, always impatient and very demanding, manages to dominate it so thoroughly unless we are vigilantly watching and making our hearts the absolute kings of our beings. - Father Archimandrite Meletios Webber