Tag Archives: Thomas Merton

Extend that moment

If it is unexpected and unpredicted, it is real; it is true. When we are taken by surprise, when we are seized and ravished by the experience of being stood upside down, the mind stops. In that moment, what “sleeps in our paper flesh like dynamite” explodes, and we are conscious of not knowing anything.

Origins

According to the Sufis (Islam in its mystical aspect), we are at Wisdom’s summit when we know where we come from. If I say I am the issue of some brief friction between a man and a woman, and if I engross myself in the story of that, I stand at the rail of a tavern at the base of the mountain.