Monday, October 05, 2009
I read this book very slowly because I didn't want it to end. I certainly had the hope that the thought of living in the present would remain in my thoughts long after I had finished the book. Since reading the book, I have tried to leave the past behind and not to worry about the future. When I think about not living fully in this present moment, I get goose pimples. This time, now, is precious with ideas, beauty and love.
I really enjoyed Mark Steven Rhoads thoughts about "truth." My perspective, the other person's perspective, is truth according to what their Egoic mind is presenting at that time. So, is that really unadulterated "truth?" Then, I read about the "egoic mind." The word "egoic" scared me to death. Fortunately, as I read Mr. Rhoads' words my heart followed him. Therefore, what seemed strange, difficult, quickly became simplified. I didn't read the small glossary until I reached the end of the book. By then, I knew what the words meant because Mark Steven Rhoads had gently nudged me down a new path of thought. I definitely knew about "racing thoughts." As you can see I had a one on one love affair with this book.
In a few words on the front of the book, the author gives what this lovely book is about on every page. It's about "the magnificence of being." At the bottom of the book in the corner Mark Steven Rhoads has written it's "a simple message of grace." It is my hope the author goes on to write more poetry, prose and will continue to take more photographs of nature. Now, I do hear the Songbird in my heart. It's wonderful.