Thoughts in Solitude Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
As timely now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. In thoughtful and eloquent prose, Merton writes of our inalienable right to solitude and interior freedom. Society, he tells us, depends for its existence on the personal solitude of its members.Thoughts in Solitude stands alongside The Seven Storey Mountain as one of Merton's most enduring and popular works.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 29 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 08, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #102,742 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#161 in Monasticism & Asceticism
#564 in Spiritual Meditation
#754 in Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts (Audible Books & Originals)
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My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
It is a beautiful work on prayer and meditation though not obviously and there are not step-by-step lessons on how to pray and meditate. With a little thought and soul-searching, however, I think most readers would understand that point.
“And sooner or later, if we follow Christ we have to risk everything in order to gain everything.”
“Actions are the doors and windows of being.”
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This little book is divided into two parts: 1) Aspects of the spiritual life and 2) The Love of Solitude.
Aspects of spiritual life: This part provides a series of reflections/meditations on such subjects as: the danger of being immersed in unreality; avoiding the abyss or desert of despair; seeing that our temperament is a gift from God and making use of what we have been gifted; being aware that emotions are just as important as reason and that self-denial can be dangerous; suffering is part of life; Spiritual life is not thought alone nor a life a feeling alone - balance is important; real self-conquest comes from the Holy Spirit not from the self; laziness and lack of discipline are blocks in the spiritual life; there is no spiritual life outside the love of Christ; to have a spiritual life you must unify your life, etc. This chapter is very rich and this is just a digest of some of the areas Merton touches on. Plenty of grist to the mill of contemplation and action.
The Love of Solitude: The second part reveals Merton's thoughts on such topics as: solitude can happen at any moment despite what the external circumstances are when a man is suddenly aware of his inalienable solitude and sees that he will never be anything other than solitary; how we do not know who we are or where we are going much of the time; our age as an age of anxiety; Words stand in the way of silence; a man has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and just lives; the need to find silence within others as well as in ourselves; pride and humility seek silence; liberation through silence; as soon as you are really alone you are with God, and so much more ... saturated with wisdom.
One of those books to slip into a jacket pocket or handbag for moments of solitude when you need support or a guide in your reflections on the spiritual life. A lifetime pocket companion.