July 2

Today's quotation:

We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if
we give it time, it will make itself known to us.

Thomas Merton

Today's Meditation:

Many wise people theorize that all that we seek in life already is within us, patiently waiting to be uncovered, exposed, used.  Unfortunately, though, we live in societies that encourage us to look outside ourselves for fulfillment and growth and learning.  These two perspectives, then, are constantly at odds.  The latter one is more full of immediate gratification, though, so we tend to look to it also for our long-term gratification, which is a big mistake for it offers almost none of that at all.

Within us are amazing ideas, secrets, abilities, and talents, just waiting for us to trust ourselves enough to let them out into the light of day.  They're waiting for us to expose them little by little, piece by piece, as we go about on our journeys through this lifetime.  Why, then, do we trust ourselves so little, keeping these wonderful parts of ourselves hidden away?

Looking outside of ourselves, we learn very little about our true nature as human beings.  Looking outside ourselves, we don't take the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, about what's inside of us, about what we're ultimately seeking in life.  We get caught up in the idea that our ultimate goals are somewhere out there, and we lose the realization that our ultimate goals are peace of mind and peace of heart and fulfillment with our lives, and those can come only from inside.

Religion, education, professions, social constructs--all teach us that fulfillment and peace will come as a result of something outside.  But you have those things already, and you'll find it only if you start paying attention to what already is a part of you.  Then you'll find out the truth about your own wonderful self and the amazing potential that you have for greatness, peace, and happiness.

Questions to consider:

What does Thomas mean when he says "We have what we seek"?

Where do you place most of your attention--on things outside of yourself, or on your inner self?

How many people do you know value and cherish their inner selves?

For further thought:

Deep in the soul, below pain, below all the distraction of life,
is a silence vast and grand--an infinite ocean of calm,
which nothing can disturb; nature's own exceeding peace,
which "passes understanding."
That which we seek with passionate longing,
here and there, upward and outward;
we find at last within ourselves.

C.M.C.

  

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