Bonhoeffer on: Happiness and Meditation

Sunday Afternoon Musings

Bonhoeffer outside“Above all, it is not necessary that we should have any unexpected, extraordinary experiences in meditation. This can happen, but if it does not, it is not a sign that the meditation period has been useless. Not only at the beginning, but repeatedly, there will be times when we feel great spiritual dryness and apathy,  an aversion, even an inability to meditate . . . Above all, we must not allow them to keep us from adhering to our meditation period with great patience and fidelity.” 

BONHOEFFER, p. 83-84

“Seek God, not happiness”– that is the fundamental rule of all meditation. If you seek God alone, you will gain happiness: that is its promise.” 

p. 84


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