Led by Forgetfulness

“We embitter the heart with the poison-of evil thoughts when we are led by forgetfulness to long neglect of inner attention and the Jesus Prayer. But we sweeten it with the sense of blessed delight when in intense desire for God we practice this attention and ‘ prayer resolutely, keenly and diligently in the mind’s workshop. Then we are eager to pursue stillness of heart simply for the sweetness and delight it produces in the soul.”

from St Hesychios the Priest “On Watchfulness and Holiness Written for Theodoulos”, the Philokalia

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