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Being Open To The Seeds Of Life

Thomas Merton was a prolific writer in the mid-20th Century. In many ways, his writing was ahead of his times questioning the burgeoning consumerism and an increased need for spirituality. Here he speaks of the need for readiness when we receive the seeds we plant each day. Mindfulness is important as we examine what life brings us in each moment.

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Being open to life gives life. Life feeds and nurtures itself to the degree that it is open to itself. It’s a beautiful thing. Thomas Merton describes it in this way:

“Every moment and every event of a person’s life on earth plants something in his/her soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of invisible and visible winged seeds, so the stream of time brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of people. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because people are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of liberty and desire.”

The question always persists, how open and discerning are we?

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

3 responses »

  1. I think happiness is always right beside us, invisible when viewed with eyes filled with doubt, worry and fear.

    Mindfulness allows us to let go, and from this perch many more miracles appear on the horizon.

    Beautiful ideas here, the image ray stunning, parable like

  2. Appreciate the reblog Ivon. Thank you.


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