The Words Of God

The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message
that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty
because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words
that will transform his darkness into light.

(Thomas Merton)

Malcolm Guite

Singing Bowl

Begin the song exactly where you are,
Remain within the world of which you’re made.
Call nothing common in the earth or air,

Accept it all and let it be for good.
Start with the very breath you breathe in now,
This moment’s pulse, this rhythm in your blood

And listen to it, ringing soft and low.
Stay with the music, words will come in time.
Slow down your breathing. Keep it deep and slow.

Become an open singing-bowl, whose chime
Is richness rising out of emptiness,
And timelessness resounding into time.

And when the heart is full of quietness
Begin the song exactly where you are.



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