November 6, 2007 To go out to walk slowly in this wood – this is a more important and significant means to understanding, at the moment, than a lot of analysis and a lot of reporting on the things `of the spirit.' – Thomas Merton, Learning to Love
November 7, 2007 What miles of silences God has made in you for contemplation! If only people realized what all your mountains and forests are really for! Thomas Merton Seven Storey Mountain
Now that the election is over and there is a vibration of peace in the air and I am feeling the need to develop a routine and consistent meditation practice. For some reason the word contemplation keeps bouncing around my head. I am envisioning long walks in the woods, sitting by a crackling fire and drinking glasses of red wine or mugs of hot tea. I also see myself spending long durations in front of my easel.
Maybe these images are popping into my head because the leaves are finally falling. My deck is sea of brown, yellow and red dehydrated leaves. But I am also sensing a need in myself to continue to connect with nature and enjoy the raw beauty the winter months have to other. It feels as if Thomas Merton was referring to the land around my house when he wrote… What miles of silences God has made in you for contemplation. If only people realized what all your mountains and forests are really for!