Quote of the day ~ Thomas Merton

Some of us need to discover that we will not begin to live more fully until we have the courage to do and see and taste and experience much less than usual … And for a man who has let himself be drawn completely out of himself by his activity, nothing is more difficult than […]

Be madmen, drunks, and bastards… (merton)

What it is to be true to ourselves…that is, what is sometimes and perhaps often involved as we muddle through. Yes, that initially painful process we must all forge through should we wish to really live. It’s a different adventure for every one of us. We are a kaleidoscope of the living universe…each one of us an aspect, aperture and/or lens…all of us necessary and important and best when we dare to be who we are in every moment which I’ve found to be a delightful and ever changing thing that cannot be defined. … [click on title to read and view more]

You do not need to know precisely what is happening (merton)

Well, basically, we cannot ever really know what is happening, but, yeah:
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

my highest ambition is to be what I already am (merton)

I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Are We Humans Terminally Insane or Just Waking Up?

by Paul Levy – How does anyone possibly express in words the state of collective madness that humanity has fallen into at this time in our history? As if in a hypnotic trance, our species is enacting a mass ritual suicide on a global scale, rushing as fast as we can towards our own self-destruction. We are destroying the biospheric life-support systems of the planet in so many different ways that it is as if we are determined to make this suicide attempt work—using a variety of methods as a perverse insurance policy, in case a couple of them don’t do the job. What modern-day humanity is confronted with, to quote the author and Trappist monk Thomas Merton, is “a crisis of sanity first of all.” …

Interdependence day: we are all connected

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. — Thomas Merton

I am a citizen of the world and the universe. I shy away from any form of nationalism. Division harms us. That doesn’t erase our important differences either. It simply avoids underscoring them. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Compassion is keen awareness of our interdependence

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. — Thomas Merton

That would include those people we don’t like or agree with! That is my practice today.

To love another person

To love another as a person we must begin by granting him his own autonomy and identity as a person. We have to love him for what he is in himself, and not for what he is to us. We have to love him for his own good, not for the good we get out […]

Food for thought or contemplation

I’m mostly not blogging anymore, it’s true, but I do still jot down thoughts from time to time. I’m sharing a bunch of those thoughts from the last couple of months. I’ve included links in some of them where you might find more similar thoughts explored and collected here on the website. They are a loose sort of documentation of my process as it continues. Be well. Remember, healing is not a linear process! Love to you all.