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March Meditation, 2014

This month we welcome a number of Turkish women into this community of chosen silence and reflection. The invitation is online here, so that you can review the intent and, if you want, send it along to friends.

Each month we send a reminder and some kind of inspiration to open the way into the stillness that holds our lives. This poem was written by Thomas Merton, a 20th century writer, mystic and Trappist Monk. He spoke of the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. "When society is made up of people who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority.”

Our hope is that whatever time you spend in silence this Sunday (be it ten minutes, an hour, or the full day) that it connects you to the the silent and fiery Unknown. The world thanks you for this gift.

We will meet you in the folds of stillness,

Peri and Barbara

In Silence

Be still.

Listen to the stones of the wall.

Be silent, they try

To speak your



To the living walls.

Who are you?


Are you? Whose

Silence are you?

Who (be quiet)

Are you (as these stones

Are quiet). Do not

Think of what you are

Still less of

What you may one day be.


Be what you are (but who?) be

The unthinkable one

You do not know.

O be still, while

You are still alive,

And all things live around you

Speaking (I do not hear)

To your own being,

Speaking by the Unknown

That is in you and in themselves.

“I will try, like them

To be my own silence:

And this is difficult. The whole

World is secretly on fire. The stones

Burn, even the stones

They burn me. How can a person be still or

Listen to all things burning? How can (s)he dare

To sit with them

When all their silence

Is on fire?”

~ Thomas Merton ~

The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton

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