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Devotion is being that truth we know, however small that understanding may seem. Devotion is living our life in an increasingly consistent fidelity to that truth. Each time we remain in awareness, listen to our heart sing and be with the ever deepening silence within, we are being in devotion. Each time we remember who we are and stop ourselves from falling asleep and dreaming we are our stories or "somebody," who is justified in feeling offended by "another's" act, we are being in devotion. Each time we honor truth over self-deception, loving acceptance over self-deception, simple acts of kindness over self-absorption, we are being in devotion. Each time we see a familiar distraction and stop ourselves from participating by a reminder of "been there, done that, don't need to do that anymore," we are being in devotion.

What we give our attention to is what we are devoted to. In the past, we lived in devotion to certain dramas, suffering, beliefs and desires that consumed our lives. As we increasingly commit ourselves to truth, we gradually see that we are no longer participating in many familiar dramas, giving us blessed relief from the reruns. What remain is a presence with who we truly are, a steadiness with the silence in the core of our being and a consuming love affair for which I have no words.

Phroggy's picture


You understand the simple, personal nature of devotion. Thanks for expressing yourself here.

Phroggy | Mon, 01/19/2009 - 19:58
Omkaradatta's picture

Well stated

Well stated, except maybe for the reference to self-absorption. From here that's perfectly OK, if it's where we need to be. Absorption in the self often precedes realizing the Self.

Omkaradatta | Mon, 01/19/2009 - 20:10