Saturday, July 24

Tag: silence

Silence and Speaking

Silence and Speaking

Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, and there are kinds and grades of each. There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy; the sober silence that goes with a solemn animal face; the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul, whence emerge new thoughts; the alive silence of alert perception, ready to say, “This… this…”; the musical silence that accompanies absorbed activity; the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear; the noisy silence of resentment and self-recrimination, loud and subvocal speech but sullen to say it; baffled silence; the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos. --Paul Goodman
Daily Prayer: Twenty Minutes of Silence

Daily Prayer: Twenty Minutes of Silence

meditation, prayer, Prayer Practice
This morning I am reminded of the power of sitting silently. The Center for Action and Contemplation had an online silent prayer event. Literally, 500 people with an open feed sitting silently together. There is power in that restraint. I quickly realized how "not quiet" the quiet was. Birds chirping. Raindrops falling. Cars in the background. And so on. And yet. I was still. You can start your meditation with the below chant and then enter into the 20 minutes of silent meditation / prayer. Feel free to substitute another chant. When you are done, remember the silence. The stilling. Hold it with you throughout the day. See if it makes a difference for you. --- Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know. Be still. Be. https://w...

Meditation Moment in the Mountains

inspiration, meditation
I wanted to share a moment of silence with this video of Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, NC. Since I live alone right now, I'm trying to learn to be okay with silence. It's hard to get used to. Background noise from the TV is my companion when I don't want to concentrate fully or think too deeply. Music can be soothing--sometimes in a negative way. It distracts me from my feelings. If you find yourself having the same problem, use this video or one like it. You might find that it helps.