Friday, December 8, 2006

louie louie

I am thinking of starting another blog, this one focused on contemplative awareness in everyday life and drawing especially from how I know Thomas Merton.

This would be a more serious blog, not just off the cuff, and at least inadvertantly, not so personal - but would require deeper thought and meditation. Among other things, I would like to examine better the way Merton took his strong grounding in a Christian (and particularly Catholic) understanding of the world/life toward a Zen awareness. I would like to explore the interpenetration of every day life, ordinariness, and spiritual awakening.

What do you think? I still have a wide variety of interests that I seem to want to say something about (from architecture to food!), but it is contemplative awareness, being a monk in the world, that is the one theme that is constant and persistant. I wonder if I would go deeper, or just burn out? Would it be a way to rein myself in some?

6 comments:

  1. Sounds great, Beth! I would really enjoy such a blog. As you know, I too am deeply drawn to Merton's writings and way of thinking.

    But why rein yourself in? You write beautifully, and have a lot to say. You go, girl!

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  2. I have to echo Sally's comments. Not sure why you feel a need to rein yourself in. On your other blog you have had much worthwhile to say about a lot of different things. But a blog like this promises to be...well, I'm sure I'll enjoy this ride too. :)

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  3. just wondering why Thomas wasn't a mystic....
    Grace & Peace,
    Monkboy

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  4. thanks for the encouragement, Sally and Antony. We'll see how this goes.

    As for Merton being a mystic, I guess it depends on how you define "mystic". I know Merton as a man who was not much interested in otherworldly or esoteric religion. His attention was firmly centered in the ordinary experience of ordinary human beings. That was mystery enough for him.

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  5. I just wrote a long comment encouraging you to undertake the blogging. Suddenly it was gone. I find such an experience deflating because I used a "happening" today on my way home from Nettles Island to encourage you. But, yes, do it for yourself and those of us who would benefit from your contemplative nature.

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  6. Thank you for starting this blog. I'll be reading it from the very beginning. I have recently discovered Merton and desire to learn as much as I can about him; this will be a wonderful resource for me. I'm grateful for it.

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