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  • Shedding the hectic in us

    “Writing is a form of contemplation.” — Thomas Merton, monk and spiritual writer “Writing is a form of praying.” — John Keats, poet “I’m not sure I could contemplate at all if it wasn’t for the fact that I have spent most of my life surrendering to the experience of

  • On a spiritual journey, it’s good to have a soul friend

    When Thomas Merton was master of scholastics at the Monastery at Gethsemani in 1962, he remarked that “everyone should get spiritual direction.” This was a wildly radical notion for its time. Back then, the only people who received spiritual direction — in the West, at least — were ordained clergy.

  • Day 2: Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer

    I do not feel better in the morning, actually. Here’s the schedule through Friday morning, when we’re done: 7 to 8 a.m. Meditate 8 a.m. Breakfast in silence 9:30 a.m. Death presentation and group discussion, where we get to talk, supervised 10:30 to 11:30 Meditate Noon: Lunch in silence 3:30


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