Some of the early Christian Desert Fathers saying are almost Zen-like in their simplicity. In this example we find echoes of yesterdays post. It contains an instruction on what leads to us being content – finding rest from our inner agitations: Turn the mind away from judgments, either about ourselves or others, keep the self fluid and in this way stop sticking labels on what is happening. Good advice for today.
Abba Poeman said to Abba Joseph, “Tell me how to become a monk”
He said, “If you want to find rest here below…in all circumstances say ‘who am I’ and do not judge anyone”