December 14, 2012 § 1 Comment
“So, are you saying that in the middle of it while it’s happening, while there’s another momentum going, that it’s hard for you to change that momentum? Oh, so what about you getting momentum going first? What about you going to bed, counting your blessings, appreciating something, going to sleep, waking up, finding something to appreciate, maybe doing some meditation, getting tuned in, tapped in, turned on, and then…What about you, preparing in advance, getting your momentum going, getting your light shining? Have you ever tried to light a fire in the rain? It’s hard. But, if there’s a good fire going, it takes really big time rain to put it out. Momentum. Momentum. So, if you care about your life, or how you’re impacting others, then you want to get your momentum going when it’s easiest. Don’t do your thinking in the middle of a problem. Do your praying from appreciation, not from need. Do your thinking from acknowledging the value, not from finding the problem. In other words, perpetuate the beneficial things you want to perpetuate by looking at them, by sending pictures through Facebook of beautiful things, of making your scrapbooks and creation boxes of the things you desire that feel good when you look at them. By listening to the things that feel good when you hear them, and speaking the things that feel good when you say them. Get your momentum going. Because, you had it going when you were born, and you lost it a little bit along the way, but you parlayed into greater and greater movement by asking for more and more…You are all standing in a place of much greater capacity for bliss and allowing this energy to flow than you were the day you were born, even though you were purer in your vibration than the day you were born. Because, life has caused you to ask; its caused you to summon energy that now you want to allow to flow, you see. And you have the ability to do it, you have the tools. You know what to do. You know how to go general. You know how to make a list of positive aspects. You know how to back off. You know how to step out of an argument because it’s just gonna get worse. You know how to change the thought in the early subtle stages before it burns a hole in your clothing. You know how. You know what to do, it’s just a matter of applying it, you see.” Abraham-Hicks
May 12, 2009 § Leave a Comment
The Eleventh General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society
Nazareth College – Rochester, NY – June 11-14, 2009
In June 2009 the International Thomas Merton Society will hold its Eleventh General Meeting in Rochester, NY, on the campus of Nazareth College. Featured participants in the conference include:
• Rachel Fell McDermott, Associate Professor and Chair of the Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Department at Barnard College where she specializes in South Asia, especially India.
• Herbert Mason, William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of History and Religious Thought at Boston University where he teaches in the field of Arabic and Islamic Studies. For a number of years he corresponded with Thomas Merton.
• James Conner, OCSO, a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani. He was a student of Thomas Merton and was Merton’s under-master for novices. He has served as chaplain to the Benedictine Community of Osage Monastery, Oklahoma, and, for five years in the late nineties, as Abbot of Assumption Abbey in Missouri. He was fourth President of the ITMS and has written on Thomas Merton in Cistercian Studies, The Merton Annual, and in the volume Thomas Merton Monk: A Monastic Tribute.
• Judith Simmer-Brown, a Professor at Naropa University and a prominent Buddhist scholar. She is on the Board of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, and a member of the Lilly Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter.
• Kate Campbell, originally from Sledge, Mississippi, the daughter of a Baptist preacher. Kate’s formative years were forged by the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and those indelible experiences continue to inform her music. Kate has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals at home and abroad including the Cambridge Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
• Donald Grayston, now retired from teaching at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, will deliver the presidential address.
Many other Merton scholars will also be participating in concurrent sessions and workshops.
Other highlights will include:
• Opportunities for interreligious prayer and dialogue
• Exhibit of photographs by Thomas Merton
Full details of the conference can be found on the conference web site: http://www.merton.org/Rochester/
Reserve your place now – late registration fees apply after May 15th
Dr Paul M Pearson.
Director and Archivist,
Thomas Merton Center,
2001 Newburg Road,
Louisville, KY. 40205.
Tel: 502 452 8177.
Cell: 502 693 1937.
Fax: 502 452 8452.
November 23, 2008 § 3 Comments
Autumn Thoughts to Ponder…
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free
and then discover that the prisoner was you”
“To err is human; to forgive divine”
“Forgiveness is a funny thing.
It warms the heart and cools the sting.”
—William Arthur Ward
“He who cannot forgive
breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.”
“I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying,
I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note—
torn in two, and burned up,
so that it can never be shown against one.”
—Henry Ward Beecher
The Forgiveness Project
Where Are You on the Path Toward Peace and Healing?
Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance
Psychology and its Practice
Forgiveness: The Key to the Kingdom
Forgive for Good
Harmony and Forgiveness
Forgiveness Quotes and Proverbs
October 24, 2007 § 1 Comment
“It is the ego who considers himself the doer…there is the programmed body-mind instrument, and there is an ego. And one of the worst confusions is in this area. When the eyes sees something, when the eyes read something, ears hear something, the nose smells something, then there is a reaction….the reaction that happens, happens in a body-mind organism. It is not your reaction. You are not angry, you are not afraid, you are not a compassionate person…anger arises, fear arises, compassion arises…All that has happened is, each body-mind organism has responded precisely as it is supposed to according to the programing…When you see a reaction in a person, …the human being is a 3 dimensional object, each uniquely programmed instrument and what happens to each uniquely programmed instrument during it’s span of life, is what I call the destiny of that body-mind instrument…This destiny that’s stamped at the moment of conception. In other words, every conception has it’s destiny…”
October 24, 2007 § Leave a Comment
After a stroke, and when he thought he might die, Father Bede Griffiths said, “I felt a need to surrender, and it was interesting, surrender to the Mother. It came very clearly, surrender to the Mother. And I made this act of surrender, and a kind of wave of love overwhelmed me…”, and he then said “I’m being overwhelmed with love, I don’t know if I can survive it. …The feminine simply opened up, you see but that was a real death, you see, of the mind. And from that time onward, I’ve never really been in the dualistic mind, something is always beyond it. What my experience taught me was that when everything else goes, you discover this love which is in you all the time…”
October 24, 2007 § Leave a Comment
Matthew 5:43-48: You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
October 24, 2007 § 4 Comments
In the late 1960′s, drawn to the wisdom of the East, Thomas Merton made a pilgrimage to meet the Dalia Lama. They forged a deep spiritual bond and made plans to bring the worlds of East and West together in compassion. Three weeks later, in Bangkok, Thomas Merton was accidentally electrocuted. The last thing he said was, “I shall disappear now”.