When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves;
it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
The truest solitude is not something outside you,
not an absence of men or sound around you;
it is an abyss opening up
in the center of your own soul.
And this abyss of interior solitude
is created by a hunger
that will never be satisfied
with any created thing.
-from SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION By Thomas Merton
The journey into the inner self is not just the important one,
it is the only one.
We need to listen to the sound beyond the silence.
Make your heart empty waiting in stillness.
Banish your busy thoughts out from your mind;
Return to quiet.
Take into your calmness the presence of God,
Overflowing with Love, stilling all fear,
Safeguard from all danger;
Rest in God's Peacefulness.
-Lao Tzu (570-490 BCE)
The best remedy for those who are afraid,
lonely, or unhappy
is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quite alone
with the heavens, nature, and God.