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Contemplative Silence as Protest

Contemplative Silence as Protest

activism, contemplation, social justice, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
"I make monastic silence a protest against the lies of politicians, propagandists and agitators..." — Thomas Merton, In My Own Words I wish Thomas Merton were still alive. I'd love to hear his responses to life in the year 2016. If he could have imagined what we are living now, what would he have said? I saw this quote, amazingly enough, on Wikipedia. I think I'll let this stand on its own.
Mindful Monday: Accepting every affliction

Mindful Monday: Accepting every affliction

awareness, Buddhism, Change, mindfulness
The final question— "are you a Buddhist, and do you practice meditation?"—is perhaps best answered by silence. Things change, thoughts and appearances incessantly arise and fade, sometimes one is wise, sometimes one is foolish. Essentially one is a human being and aspires to open the human heart to its own infinity, and to accept every affliction as a wound rather than an insult. —Robert Beer What are you noticing about how things change? What are you noticing about wounds vs. insults? ... for Mindful Monday Source: from the introduction to "The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs," (Shambhala, Boston, 1999) Photo credit: "Wapato at Summer's End," born1945, 2012.
Connecting Sabbath, Justice, and Silence

Connecting Sabbath, Justice, and Silence

spiritual practice
In case you haven’t noticed, I am very interested in the connection between Sabbath and Justice. In my own life, I have noticed that I need my spiritual practices or practices of wholeness in order to prepare myself for the work of the people that I am called to participate in. I remember when I was going through my discernment process, I was advised to turn the radio off and to not read the news. Why? In order to rest my ears from the cries of all the hurting in the world. Not to ignore it. But to rest from it. Does this remove your thinking about it? No! But I’ve gotten better over the years at setting a hard boundary of thought. “God is the friend of silence.” Mother Theresa Silencing your own thoughts and stilling your spirit can be hard work but it is worth it. When you silence wor...