Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…


One of the favorite blogs I read is "To the Quiet".

This morning we find a quote from Thomas Merton. I quote in full:

"There is a need for effort, deepening, change and transformation. Not that I must undertake a special project of self-transformation or that I must "work on myself." In that regard, it would be better to forget it. Just go for walks, live in peace, let change come quietly and invisibly on the inside.

But I do have a past to break with, and accumulation of inertia, waste, wrong, foolishness, rot, junk, a great need of clarification, of mindfulness…a return to genuine practice, right effort…need for the Spirit.

Hang on to the clear light!"

~Thomas Merton, in his journal, May 30, 1968


2 responses to “Merton…

  1. A May 31, 2006 at 5:09 am

    Thanks. 🙂

  2. Bryan June 1, 2006 at 6:41 am

    To the Quiet is one of the best blogs around.

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