Contemplation is a word that Thomas Merton used again and again in his writings. It is a theme that he spent much of his life exploring.
In New Seeds of Contemplation, he writes this: “Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent, and infinitely abundant source. ” – Religion & Ethics News Weekly
Merton’s vision of the Contemplative Life. A Catholic Trappist Monk, his mystical spirituality was informed by the mystics of the Western and Eastern Religious Traditions.