Merton, Mysticism, and Embodied Prayer

For this month, instead of focusing on one book in particular I would like to focus on two by the author, Thomas Merton. Earlier this year I read his autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain. Recently I continued my devotion to his work by reading A Course in Christian Mysticism particularly because I am interested in pursuing research in mysticism. I understood Merton’s experience by reading Seven Storey before I ever discovered the Course, but reading the Course illuminated Merton’s theology. His experimentation with Eastern traditions is not what I found so intriguing about Merton. His aptitude to uncovering a true and substantial desire to connect with God is what drew me in. I saw myself