Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Bengali polymath--poet, playwright, painter, musician--is yet another modern mystic whose art shows the intimacy between human and divine. For him there was no separation between sacred and secular. One could not know God simply by thought or analysis, but by experience. Tagore says, "You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water" and "We live in the world when we love it."
Find a few quiet minutes to listen to his beautiful poem set to simple chant (click here to listen to the audio):
Silence my soul, these trees are prayers.
I asked the tree, "Tell me about God";
then it blossomed.
Now look around you, wherever you are, and find something of beauty. Sit in spacious silence, observing without words or judgment. Let this beauty teach you the mystery of Incarnation, of God's indwelling presence in all creation. As Simone Weil says, "The beauty of the world is Christ's tender smile for us, coming through matter."