Thursday, December 17, 2009

what am i?

Silence has many dimensions.
It can be a regression and an escape, a loss of self,
or it can be presence, awareness, unification,

Negative silence blurs and confuses our identity
and we lapse into daydreams or diffuse anxieties.

Positive silence pulls us together
and makes us realize who we are,
who we might be,
and the distance between these two.

Hence, positive silence implies a disciplined choice,
and what Paul Tillich called the "courage to be."

{Thomas Merton}

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