Friday, 31 December 2010

stirring oatmeal

'Love is like stirring oatmeal.

Stirring oatmeal is a humble task - not exciting or thrilling. But it symbolises a relatedness that brings love down to earth. To 'stir the oatmeal' means to find the beauty in simple and ordinary things, not to eternally demand a cosmic drama, an entertainment or an extraordinary intensity in everything. Like the rice hulling of the zen monks, , the spinning wheel of Gandhi or the tent making of Saint Paul, it represents the discovery of the sacred in the midst of the humble and ordinary.'

Robert A. Johnson.