Wednesday, March 28, 2012
What to read for today.
Questions for your personal reflection.
What experience do you have of the composure and state of attention that Merton describes?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
My sense is that I have more daily distractions than Merton did inside the monastery, especially after he got permission to live as a hermit. His attitude seems to be that it is up to me to do something about that. For example, he ends the chapter by saying that if our job pressures distract us when we try to be still, then maybe we are over-invested in our jobs and should start to change that. I think he is saying that you can’t have your cake and eat it too: if you expose yourself to lots of external pressures, you can’t just expect to tune them out when you decide you’d like some solitude. More tough medicine.
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