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New Seeds of Contemplation By Thomas Merton: Reading and Meditation

December 20, 2020  • Brianna Curran

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Meditation

As someone who meditates daily, I’m intimately familiar with the struggle of attaining inner silence. The goal of any meditation or prayer, the promise of that “abyss opening up in the center of your own soul” is an objective that at times can feel out of reach. For those with busy lives full of meetings, cluttered inboxes, bustling families and a buzzing mind, the promise of quiet solitude may feel unattainable. But there are small moments of silence that happen daily which achieve the same goal of expanding our hearts – watching a leaf drift peacefully from tree to ground, mindfully sipping a cup of tea, breathing in fresh air, or savoring each bite of food. How can you approach the simple moments with a mind towards meditative silence? In this quiet, what is it you’re hoping to find? How does it feel? How can living mindfully and listening to the silence help to create an “abyss opening up in the center of your soul” that leads you to the deepest activities?

Brianna Curran, Washington, DC

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