What Is Gained With Perception

[I took a short unintentional break last week. Traveling on both business and pleasure got me out of my routines. I suppose it’s a good thing.]

Meditation gives birth to perseverance, and perseverance ends in perception, and what is accomplished with perception cannot easily be rooted out.

I’m still climbing the ladder of divine ascent with John Climacus. Some classics need to be reviewed at times.

The seventh step is on Mourning. Introducing the topic, John includes the sentence quoted above.

The apostle Paul often spoke of perseverance using the metaphor of athletics. Training hard and persevering for the race. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews (which you’ll seldom see me quote from) also talks about running the race.

Jesus talked often of perceiving. As in “seeing they don’t perceive”.

As we sit (or stand or walk or lie) in stillness, persevering over days, months, years, decades, we perceive many truths. We deepen spiritually even though we may not realize it at the time.

John returns to the idea of calmness discussing other steps on the ladder.

As we begin a new week, developing this calmness by persevering in mediation will help us do this week what we should be doing.

As for me, I’m leaving shortly for Las Vegas and another technology conference. I’ll meet interesting people and learn new things. And if I persevere I won’t let the spirit of the “Strip” disturb the “force”.

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