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Finding Peace

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.

–Thomas Merton

I’ve begun trauma therapy after living with PTSD for thirty years, and I’m finding it, well, traumatic.

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Spirituality

Desert Night Sky: The Alabama Hills

“One may try to look at the sky, but in fact one looks through it…. for no matter how deeply one sees into the sky, there is always an infinite depth remaining.” 2,261 more words

Blog

Thomas Merton on Technology

I am ambivalent about the benefits and effects of unstoppable technological progress. It is nearly a force of nature. Rain helps our plants to thrive, our food to grow, our rivers to flow, our thirst to be quenched. 240 more words

Religion

What Contemplation Is Not...

“2. What Contemplation Is Not

The only way to get rid of misconceptions about contemplation is to experience it. One who does not actually know, in his own life, the nature of this breakthrough and this awakening to a new level of reality cannot help being misled by most of the things that are said about it. 95 more words

Christian Spirituality

Why do I go?

Dear Tom,

You asked me twice why I go to Lebanon and Syria and Iraq, and in my own ineloquent way I tried to answer. In flying off to those lands today I took a book from my shelf of unread books to accompany me on this journey. 999 more words

Take up the high calling

“Whoever you are, the land to which God has brought you is not like the land of Egypt from which you came out. You can no longer live there. 122 more words

Spiritual Formation

Thomas Merton: The Core Of Our Reality

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes.

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Society