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A certain brother went to Abbot Moses in Scete,
and asked him for a good word.
And the elder said to him:
Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.

-Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert

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"There are, of course, many resources that can be most helpful in time management, relationship development, self-understanding. As beneficial as these are, something even more essential lies deep within, at the very heart of who we truly are. In the Christian contemplative tradition, this foundational presence is described as a divine spark, living water, a cloud of unknowing — all metaphors reaching toward a presence so filled with life, healing, affection, wisdom, and power that human vocabulary falls short of what is experienced. Only silence and poetry can come close to describing this deeper reality that creates, heals, and transforms our most authentic self into the very source of thoughts, emotions, and actions that give life and joy, even in the midst of despair and death...."

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". This practice of silence becomes our cell wherein we discover within us not only the presence of God but the reality of what the Apostle Paul calls “the new creation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Not in a moment, perhaps, but in a slow movement of the heart, we learn a different way of being, living, deciding, relating — we learn everything we need to know."

Winston B. Charles
SHALEM INSTITUTE
The Space Between the Notes | Living Contemplatively

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athgarvan
Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
"Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything."

How well put - but can be difficult.

I, like many, lack the language to express my own spirituality.
bobby1933
Feb. 3rd, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
Me too, which makes silence all the more valuable.
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