Beato Solitudo

The great mystic Meister Eckhart [1260 – 1327] claimed God doesn’t require long vigils, fasting, prayer and mortification from us. But he does demand tranquility. Eckhart urges us to flee and hide from the storm of inner thoughts. Today, he would tell us to also flee the inferno of noise that engulfs modern life. We need unruffled calmness to encounter God.

Here are two random suppositions which I think are somehow connected:

1) It has been calculated that the average American spends 15 years of his or her life in front of a television.

2) Consumerism has killed the spirit of mysticism. The rise in an interest in Tao and Zen demonstrates people are hungry for the fruit of mysticism.

Our lives are a pilgrimage to God. The key to being a pilgrim is to remain still interiorly as you journey…otherwise you are just a wanderer. Each day needs to be a pilgrimage into my own heart.

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1 Response to “Beato Solitudo”


  1. 1 aliceny August 28, 2014 at 9:43 am

    It would be very helpful to me, and perhaps to others, if you would briefly define mysticism for the average person. Everything that you say here makes sense but the term ‘mysticism’ conjures up strange practices. And there is a negative side that the term (and the practice) connotes for me, also — . that is: aloofness, escapism, elitism.

    I have read quotes and selected works of several philosopher-poets ( Rumi, Tagore, Thich Nhat Hanh and some of the Desert Fathers among others) and have been intellectually and emotionally touched by their wisdom. For me, they often echo Jesus teachings.


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