action, cloistered life, contemplative life, creative work, dedicated love, experience, inner discipline, integrity, Kathleen Deignan, personal development, prayer, special dimension, The Sophia Center for Spirituality, Thomas Merton
When I speak of the contemplative life I do not mean the institutional cloistered life, the organized life of prayer. I am talking about a special dimension of inner discipline and experience, a certain integrity and fullness of personal development, which are not compatible with a purely external, alienated, busy-busy existence. This does not mean that they are incompatible with action, with creative work, with dedicated love. On the contrary, these all go together.
~ Thomas Merton
(from Thomas Merton’s Book of Hours by Kathleen Deignan)