Reading from Class: Openness by Thomas Merton
“The things we really need come to us only as gifts, and in order to receive them as gifts we have to be open. In order to be open we have to renounce ourselves, in a sense we have to die to our image of ourselves, our autonomy, our fixation upon our self-willed identity. We have to be able to relax the psychic and spiritual cramp which knots us in the painful, vulnerable, helpless “I” that is all we know as ourselves.” — Thomas Merton
I am grateful to Tias Little for his teachings and for sharing this reading while in Boston. This is the practice.