“Although I have spoken here only of seven Mansions yet in each there are comprised many more, both above and below and around, with lovely gardens and fountains and things so delectable that you will want to lose yourselves in praise of the great God Who created it in His image and likeness.” ~Teresa of Avila~
“In her book The Interior Castle, Teresa of Avila leads us on a journey to explore the seven “mansions,” or rooms, that make up our souls. This quote comes at the end of her book, where she points out how rich and diverse our souls are. Even after all she has described , there is much more to explore — “above and below and around,” amazing endless spaces within our souls that will render us lost in praise. Have you made this journey, wandering among the mansions and gardens of your soul? What does your soul’s architecture, look like? If you haven’t visited yet, what is holding you back?” -Matthew Fox-
I like the ideas that rise up with this text considering the spaces of our souls. The mansions and gardens. The “above and below and around”. Ever since I started writing this blog, I’ve been fascinated with living life from underneath…so this passage challenges me in living my life from underneath through the power of imagination.