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New Seeds Of Contemplation

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New Directions
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October, 2007
ISBN:
9780811217248
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$23.95 CAD
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In print for more than 40 years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for generations of spiritual seekers, Christians and non-Christians alike, who have praised it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics. The word contemplation is itself somewhat problematical, according to Merton: “It can become almost a magic word, or if not magic, then ‘inspirational,’ which is almost as bad.” In this modern Christian classic, Merton reveals contemplation to be nothing other than “life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive.” The 39 short “seeds” that make up this book are intended to awaken and cultivate the contemplative, mystical dimension of the spiritual path for everyone.

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity, and love.

New Seeds of Contemplation, which is a revised and expanded version of Merton’s earlier book Seeds of Contemplation, covers a diverse range of subjects including faith, spiritual wonder, “the night of the senses,” and renunciation. The book moves the reader through the traditional phases of contemplation, and gives an idea of what to expect as the spiritual path unfolds, inviting us all to “cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.”

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The much-beloved and most widely read of Mertons works, "New Seeds of Contemplation" covers a diverse range of subjects including faith, spiritual wonder, "the night of the senses," and renunciation.One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new Introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd. "New Seeds of Contemplation" is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, "The Cloud of Unknowing," and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau. "New Seeds of Contemplation" seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love.

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