Being Open To The Seeds Of Life

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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 imperceptiblyΒ 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 Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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25 Responses to Being Open To The Seeds Of Life

  1. Darrel H says:

    Very intriguing Don. Thanks for the seeds you have passed onto me.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    There’s something to think about. Thanks.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    A beautiful piece of writing. I especially like the “germs of spiritual vitality” My thoughts turned to a new baby, a new life and the life and vitality it brings with it. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Don says:

      Thanks Katy. Thomas Merton has also been one of those special writers for me. He has such a wonderful way of saying certain things.

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  4. nrhatch says:

    When we LISTEN, anything in life can be our guide.

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  5. Val Boyko says:

    Beautifully nourishing words Don … thank you for allowing me this moment to pause and reflect on all the seeds that are around me …
    Val x

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  6. That is the question Don! Sometimes my openness is blocked by the fierce focus I am applying to whatever I’ve decided to do. Oh to find the perfect balance between vision and flexibility in strategy as I go through the process…
    Diana xo

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  7. In a college philosophy class, the professor called the section on Thomas Merton the “simple statements, powerful thoughts.” The germs of spiritual vitality are are good reminders that just being open and hopeful are enough to lead us to astounding revelations.
    This is a very good quote to invite important discussions.

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    • Don says:

      Thanks Marilyn. I really like that description of Merton’s work – simple statements, powerful thoughts. I too experience it in that way. You’re right, the revelations can be astounding.

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  8. Hudson Howl says:

    Can you look at a negative and see positive? Can you turn bad into good? Do you hold onto presumptions to enlarge and skew or do you embrace benevolence, make no assumptions and see with clarity? So many choices, so many seeds.

    Why is it am most hopeful, more in touched with self and world when am fishing?

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    • Don says:

      Embracing benevolence, making no assumptions and seeing with clarity. Wonderful statement, Calvin. I wonder if that isn’t at the heart of the contemplative spirit.

      Walking, for me is like your fishing. πŸ™‚ Great comment. Thank you.

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      • Hudson Howl says:

        The contemplative spirit swims in all of us (the comments of others here attest to it’s existence) . So where are we going, why do we search far and wide for it? There is a profound connection between this and previous posts of yours, intentional or natural progression am not sure, either way it is a bait that appeals to my hunger for insight not answers -to answer your query from a few posts back.

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      • Don says:

        Thanks Calvin. Hunger for insight not answers – that’s where I live. Love that phrase.

        As you say, and I couldn’t agree more, it’s right there within us. “Searching” is a word I don’t easy relate to, but becoming “Aware” of that which is already there, is also where I live. Again thanks for a great comment.

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  9. Mary says:

    Perfect nourishment for this morning, thank you for sharing. It has given me much to think about this weekend.

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  10. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    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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  11. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    WELL-??????? πŸ™‚

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