There is a trough in waves, a low spot where horizon disappears and only sky and water are our company. And there we lose our way unless we rest, knowing the wave will bring us to its crest again. There we may drown if we let fear hold us in its grip and shake us side to side, and leave us flailing, torn, disoriented. But if we rest there in the trough, in silence, being in the low part of the wave, keeping our energy and noticing the shape of things, the flow, then time alone will bring us to another place where we can see horizon, see land again, regain our sense of where we are, and where we need to swim.
In an episode of his podcast Turning to the Mystics, clinical psychologist James Finley describes his first encounter with Thomas Merton:
“I told him about my desire for God. Then he told me, ‘Once in a while, you’ll find somebody to talk to about this, but they are hard to find. The purpose of this place is, it is a place meant to protect, to preserve, and cultivate this radical desire, as a charism in the world.’ And then he offered me guidance in my own prayer.”
Source: Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation from the Center for Action and Contemplation (Meditation@cac.org), “Lost in the Secret of God’s Face” (September 1, 2021).
At the heart of the Contemplative Center of Silicon Valley is our passion to provide a welcoming place that protects, preserves, and cultivates our desire for God.
―Kent Smith, Spiritual Director and Discernment Board Member at CCSV