Day 6: Sound of Silence

This reflection is a part of a month-long series titled, 30 Days of Healing, as we seek to be instruments of peace and change.

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As we attempt to heal and help heal others, let’s briefly explore the need to be silent as a spiritual practice.

“In a world of noise, confusion, and conflict, it is necessary that there be places of silence, inner discipline, and peace,” writes mystic Thomas Merton. “In such places love can blossom.”

Merton could easily be describing our world today. If we wish to allow love to blossom in our lives, silence proves critical.

To clarify, I am not encouraging silence in the midst of conflict. As racial injustice is thankfully gaining our national attention, to remain silent hurts all involved.

When I speak of silence, it is the practice of simply being with God.

Over the past few weeks, God invited me into silence as I hold my newborn deep into the night. I grew tired of cable news and 80’s reruns. Instead, I challenged myself to use that time to dwell in God’s midst present in this gift from above.

Not all of you may have this precious gift. What you do have is time- so, how do you use it?

How often do you simply be- not thinking or analyzing- simply being with your Creator.

A few suggestions:

  1. Turn it all off (phones, computer, tv), and simply invite yourself to experience God (sometimes I pray, “Ok, I will shut up now…I am listening.”)
  2. To warm your system up, turn to scripture and read a passage, or pray a devotional prayer. At times, I listen to a restful song or watch an inspiring video. Do this only for a short while, then allow the silence to reign and move into a place of contemplation.
  3. Do not resist where your heart goes. Invite God into the contemplative journey.”
  4. Practice. This takes time (perhaps a lifetime). Find time each day, and go with what works (I find that what may work for a few days may soon grow tired, while I know others who consistently pray the same way each day- whatever works!)

Fr. Richard Rohr compares silence to like a living being. His point is that God lives in the silence, and if we can approach silence not as a gap between words, but as God’s language, we can transform our lives.

So find time today, even if it is just for a few minutes, to contemplate on God’s love. You and our world will benefit from this sacred encounter.

 

One Comment on “Day 6: Sound of Silence

  1. Ah yes, nothing takes the place of silence. It is soooo necessary. “In such places love can blossom.” I find it in my “Angel Room” every morning for an hour. Such an important way to get my day started off on the right foot!

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