" 'Master, I come to you seeking enlightenment,' the priest said to the Holy One. 'Well, then,' the master said, 'for the first exercise of your retreat, go into the courtyard, tilt back your head, stretch out your arms and wait until I come for you.' Just as the priest arranged himself in the garden, the rain came. And it rained. And it rained. And it rained. Finally, the old master came back. 'Well, priest,' he said. 'Have you been enlightened today?' 'Are you serious?' the priest said in disgust. 'I've been standing here with my head up in the rain for an hour. I'm soaking wet, and I feel like a fool!' And the master said, 'Well, priest, for the first day of a retreat that sounds like great enlightenment to me.' "

To Practice: Feel like a fool. Before any great teaching can open us up, the ego must be humbled.

Joan Chittister in Light in the Darkness: New Reflections on the Psalms for Every Day of the Year