A Moment to Reflect

14 May 2020

A Moment to Reflect- 15

Heron at Braidwood ‘loch’

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be a mere rushing on.” ― D.H. Lawrence

The heron, like many hunters, is a master of stillness, exercising patience, focused attention, restrained energy and a readiness to seize the moment. Similar skills are sometimes required for photography—knowing when the right moment is to release the shutter and capture the essence of the subject, as the late American photographer, Minor White, observed: “When you approach something to photograph it, first be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence. Then don’t leave until you have captured its essence.” ― Minor White

Over the years I have come to realise that the same skills need to be learned by those who wish to deepen their spiritual lives as followers of Jesus Christ—stillness, patience, focused attention, restrained energy and the ability to recognise the ‘kairos’* moment. 

Kairos (Ancient Greek: καιρός) is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos (χρόνος) and kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action. [Wikipedia]