Welcome to our brand new Contemplative Society blogspot! All morning as I’ve pondered about how best to launch this initial post, I find myself wondering what Thomas Merton would have done if this technology had been available to him. I chuckle to think of him sitting there in his little cinder block hermitage swapping comments with correspondents all over the world in instant cyber-style. Somehow I think he’d be right at home.
There are a number of ways we can go with this blogspot, of course. I first suggested it to my wonderful friends in The Contemplative Society as a way of increasing the interactivity of our website, and of keeping in touch with you all at a tempo a bit faster than just those semi-annual membership letters. Certainly I’ll be hoping to keep better in touch with you all by posting accounts of some of my travel and teaching adventures and developments on both the personal and spiritual fronts. This winter, for example, I am looking forward to finally being able to clear the decks for six weeks of solitude in my little hermitage on Eagle Island. I’ll hope to be able to take you along on some of this journey (can you believe, my off-the-grid island nonetheless has satellite internet?), and to share meanderings and milestones if any.
And yes, there are things I’d like to share with you, reflections on this and that, and even rants to get off my chest. When the spirit moves me—and if I can ever find my way back to that old poet and artist in me—I’m hoping to share some of those inner meanderings, to date largely confined within the pages of my journals. It’s like finding another voice in me, long misplaced in the left-brainedness of task-oriented writing, and easing into a different way of being with you all.
But what I have always loved best is to respond to direct questions. It’s easier than having to come up with topics myself, and it gives the assurance that at least a few of you will be directly interested in what I have to say. So as I gather myself for this foray into blogging, I’d like to begin by asking you all what you’d like to hear from me. Personal news? Spiritual teachings and tidbits? Answers to direct queries? Simply scroll down below and post what you’d find most useful to peruse on this blogsite. I’ll try to accommodate. And thanks for your suggestions!
Off we go!