The contemplative quest
Linda Sabbath took her three sons and decided to go and live on a small farm in the
interior of Canada, where she wanted to dedicate herself completely to spiritual
In less than a year she fell in love, got married again, studied the saints' techniques of
meditation, fought for a school for her children, made friends, made enemies, neglected
her teeth, got herself an abscess, hitchhiked in snowstorms, learned to fix the car, thaw
out frozen pipes, make her alimony stretch out at month's end, survive on unemployment
money, sleep without indoor heating, laugh for no reason, cry with despair, build a chapel,
make repairs to the house, paint walls, and give courses on spiritual contemplation.
"And I eventually realized that a life of prayer does not mean isolation," she says. "Love
is so big it has to be shared.
by Paulo Coelho, 2005