Tag: silence

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.
Contemplative Silence as Protest

Contemplative Silence as Protest

activism, contemplation, social justice, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
"I make monastic silence a protest against the lies of politicians, propagandists and agitators..." — Thomas Merton, In My Own Words I wish Thomas Merton were still alive. I'd love to hear his responses to life in the year 2016. If he could have imagined what we are living now, what would he have said? I saw this quote, amazingly enough, on Wikipedia. I think I'll let this stand on its own.