What to read today.
Chapter 2: What Contemplation is Not
Is your concept of contemplation evolving or changing in any way?Having read to this point, can you say that you have engaged in contemplation at any point in your life?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
Here Merton’s contemplation is sounding like Buddhist mindfulness and with all the same dangers, i.e. falling in love with the feeling. “Contemplation is not trance or ecstasy.” What a shame! This reminds me Pema Chodron’s warning that mindfulness can be just another form of attachment. It seems that there is no easy out.
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