How Good to Center Down by Howard Thurman [Blog]

How Good to Center Down by Howard Thurman [Blog]

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In his writing from “Meditations of the Heart”, Howard Thurman reminds us of the importance of quite time, self-reflection and meditation.

How good it is to center down!
To sit quietly and see one’s self pass by!
The streets of our minds seethe with endless traffic;
Our spirits resound with clashings, with noisy silences,
While something deep within hungers and thirsts for the still moment and the resting lull.
With full intensity we seek, ere the quiet passes, a fresh sense of order in our living;
A direction, a strong sure purpose that will structure our confusion and bring meaning in our chaos.
We look at ourselves in this waiting moment — the kinds of people we are.
The questions persist: what are we doing with our lives? — what are the motives that order our days?
What is the end of our doings? Where are we trying to go?
Where do we put the emphasis and where are our values focused?
For what end do we make sacrifices? Where is my treasure and what do I love most in life?
What do I hate most in life and to what am I true?
Over and over the questions beat in upon the waiting moment.
As we listen, floating up through all the jangling echoes of our turbulence, there is a sound of another kind —
A deeper not which only the stillness of the heart makes clear.
It moves directly to the core of our being. Our questions are answered,
With the peace of the Eternal in our step.
How good it is to center down!


  1. Keith A, Rasey
    Dec, 09, 2013 10:51 AM

    Congrats on receiving your M. Div. soon from an old YDS grad, Vietnam war CO, peace advocate and social justice worker.

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