In The Quiet

Quiet of our beingIt is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done. In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity. We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from the effects that are beyond our control and be content with the good will and the work that are the quiet expression of our inner life. We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting any immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition….

To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.

~ Thomas Merton

15 thoughts on “In The Quiet

  1. Seeker, there are times when I see something that comes in … from the north, or the south, or the east, or the west … and what I see is redemptive, with some transcendence, and I know that the right thing to do is to say little. It seems difficult when I experience something like that. Something like this, these words of Merton’s. I pulled this piece out, for some reason: “To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.”
    Bummer. I said too much, again. Peace, T

    • I don’t mind carrying on with comments, T. It all makes sense to me. We just have to learn how to slow down as what Merton is saying. I think that’s what he meant. Pax.

    • It was way too peaceful, Cher. Thank you and have a fantastic week. My sister and her hubby are in your town this week to watch some ball games.

      • Awh, that is wonderful! I am sure you will also enjoy having your sister and her hubby visiting as well! You too, my dear seeker! Cher xo

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