POETRY: Descend From Your Head Into Your Heart, by Theophan the Recluse

Descend From Your Head Into Your Heart Theophan the Recluse

You must descend from
your head into your heart.

At present your thoughts of God
are in your head.

And God himself is,
as it were,
outside you,
and so your prayer
and other spiritual exercises remain exterior.

Whilst you are still in your head,
thoughts will not easily be subdued
but will always be whirling about,
like snow in winter or
clouds of mosquitoes in summer.

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