In the words of Thomas Merton, 20th century Trappist monk, social activist, poet and writer…

“To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to the violence of our times. The frenzy…destroys one’s inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of one’s work because it kills the roots of inner wisdom which make work fruitful.”

Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama

Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama 1968