Faith Is In the Waiting

Published on: January 24, 2011

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“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” – Voltaire

Every now and again, a passage resonates with me enough to warrant a blog post. This is one worthy of mention. Please read and contemplate its meaning. If it strikes a chord, feel free to reblog knowing the right person will receive it.

I know that sometimes things are so bad that no matter what practices we do or what medications we take, we can’t seem to generate even that small amount of faith we need for inspiration to keep going.

Then, if we can stand inside our pain awhile and wait, over time we may come to also see it as a way into the deepest parts of ourselves and then back into the world, a vehicle for new insight into who we are and how much we need to care for ourselves and one another.

If there is nothing we can do right now but wait, then, as T.S. Eliot wrote, “faith is in the waiting.” If we can but wait, we may yet emerge from despair with the same understanding that Zen master Suzuki Roshi expressed: “Sometimes, just to be alive is enough.”

Faith, Sharon Salzberg

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