Seeds of Solitude

solitudeKeep your eyes clean and your ears quiet and your mind serene. Breathe God’s air. Work, if you can, under His sky.

But if you have to live in a city and work among machines and ride in the subways and eat in a place where the radio makes you deaf with spurious news and where the food destroys your life and the sentiments of those around you poison your heart with boredom, do not be impatient, but accept it as the love of God and as a seed of solitude planted in your soul. If you are appalled by those things, you will keep your appetite for the healing silence of recol­lection. But meanwhile –keep your sense of compassion for the men who have forgotten the very concept of solitude. You, at least, know that it exists, and that it is the source of peace and joy. You can still hope for such joy. They do not even hope for it any more.
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Posted on December 10, 2013, in Mindfulness and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I loved this and then saw it was Merton. Why…of course…

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  2. Thanks for keeping us grounded.

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