Sunday, March 29, 2009
MysticBliss: Merton & Eastern Thought
Toward the end of his life (which was cut short in a bizarre accident), Thomas Merton was being more and more influenced by Easter philosophies and traditions. This is no secret; he wrote whole books about what he was learning and how he was synthesizing it with his own Catholic beliefs.
Here's a taste from his book The Inner Experience:
The life of contemplation in action and purity of heart is, then, a life of great simplicity and inner liberty. One is not seeking anything special or demanding any particular satisfaction. One is content with what is. One does what is to be done, and the more concrete it is, the better. One is not worried about the results of what is done. One is content to have good motives and not be too anxious about making mistakes. In this way one can swim with the living stream of life and remain at every moment in contact with God, in the hiddenness and ordinariness of the present moment with its obvious task.
I think this speaks, a bit, to what I wrote about on Friday. This giving of one's self to the work to be done -- day to day, doing the work.
In that work, then, if it is the work we are here to do, we are lost to our "self." Our ego can melt into the action and we can "swim with the living stream."