Barricading Yourself Inside Your Own Soul

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And so one of the worst illusions in the life of contemplation would be to try to find God by barricading yourself inside your own soul, shutting out all external reality by sheer concentration and will power, cutting yourself off from the world and others by stuffing yourself inside your own mind and closing the door like a turtle.

— Thomas Merton, from New Seeds of Contemplation, p. 66

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