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Awe & Wonder …

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“… Awe is a sense of transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery … It enables us … to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal …”  ~ Abraham Heschel

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Why This Moment, Silence Matters? Ocean of Silence Doyle Poems

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“… the sun rises in silence and sets back into silence but Silence does not arise or set; it ever is  …” ~ Billy Doyle

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Tao Is … via Thomas Merton

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“… There is nowhere it {Tao} is not to be found …”  ~ Thomas Merton

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Silence Poems …

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There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the divinity within …”  ~ Guy Finley

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Silence: The Gifts Therein … Thomas Merton

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“… God is present, and His thought is alive and awake in the fullness and depth and breadth of all the silences of the world … (Jeremias 1:11)” ~ Thomas Merton

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Empty Boat – Chuang Tzu & Thomas Merton

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empty boat: “… This is perfect Tao. Wise men find here their resting place. Resting, they are empty …”  ~ Chuang Tzu

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In Silence: Songs of Contemplation – Thomas Merton

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“… At the deepest level, Merton experienced the mystic’s profound understanding that silence is a language of its own with as much influence and power as words …” ~ Lynn R. Szabo

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Peace: A Deepening Through Prayers

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“… There is no true peace possible for the man who still imagines that some accident of talent or grace or virtue segregates him from other men and places him above them …” ~ Thomas Merton

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Return Thanks … & Earth, Teach Me …

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“… We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. …” ~ Iroquois Thanksgiving

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Merton: Inward Stranger Whom I have Never Seen…

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“… Now dawn commands the capture of the tallest fortune …” ~ Thomas Merton

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The Sowing of Meanings : Thomas Merton

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“… See the high birds! … do they play in wheeling silences. Defining in the perfect sky the bounds of (here below) our solitude …” ~ Thomas Merton

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Solitude – The Communion with Silence : Thomas Merton

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“The solitary life, being silent, clears away the smoke-screen of words … In solitude we remain face to face with the naked being of things …” ~ Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton: The True Purpose of Christian Solitude

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“… In solitude I have at last discovered that You have desired the love of my heart …” ~ Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton: Prayer, Silence & Solitude

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“In true prayer, although every silent moment remains the same, every moment is a new discovery of a new silence, a new penetration into that eternity in which all things are always new …” ~ Thomas Merton Continue reading to appreciate this prayer  …

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Thomas Merton: The Thing About Zen

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Enjoy some short samplings (including a free downloadable PDF) about Thomas Merton on Zen … Stillness Speaks Teacher page for Thomas Merton will be coming soon which will provide a much more comprehensive view about his background, and work.

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Thomas Merton: The Solitude I Am

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton Thomas Merton was a modern Catholic mystic. In his widely read biography, The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton explained that he was so drawn to God that he could no more deny its pull any more than he could deny hi …

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