As our community of followers who are on this continual journey to live a more contemplative life continues to grow, we thought a blog might be a wonderful source to share readings, questions, resources and thoughts.
I’ve been reading the first book of Thomas Merton’s Bridges to Contemplative Living – Advent and Christmas and found myself drawn to the question that is addressed early on in the book, “What do we mean by contemplative living?”
Life is a spiritual journey. Contemplative living is a way of responding to our everyday experiences by consciously attending to our relationships. It deepens our awareness of our connectedness and communion with others, becomes a positive force of change in our lives, and provides meaningful direction to our journey. Ultimately, contemplative living leads us to a sense of well being, profound gratitude and a clearer understanding of our purpose in life.
Living contemplatively begins with ourselves but leads us in the end to embrace deeply not only our truest self, but God, neighbor, and all creation. By reflecting on our everyday experiences, we seek the depths of our inner truth. By exploring our beliefs, illusions, attitudes and assumptions, we find our true self and discover how we relate to the larger community. Contemplative living directs our minds and hearts to the truly important issues of human existence, making us less likely to be captivated by the superficial distractions that so easily occupy our time.
Especially at this time of the year, it is so easy to get caught up with superficial distractions. How do you face living a contemplative life with all the demands that are brought on in December or for that matter any other time of the year?
This Advent we have the opportunity to experience an “unworldly interior peace,” which is found in Christ. It begins by creating space for God to enter our lives. This is really what Advent is all about. It is a season of anticipation and waiting on God, a time for focused spiritual discipline. (Thomas Merton)
As you begin this new season, our hope is that you too will experience an “unworldly interior peace.”
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