“When everything is moving and shifting, the only way to counteract chaos is stillness. When things feel extraordinary, strive for ordinary. When the surface is wavy, dive deeper for quieter waters.” — Kristin Armstrong
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There is a place I sometimes go to in my mind during meditation. There are times I will find an actual physical place that takes me there instantly. The Holy Family Shrine near Gretna Nebraska is one of those places. Situated on a hilltop there is a magnificent view. I remember sitting in awe during Taize worship there at sunset, watching the sky catch on fire while singing beautiful scriptures and prayers. The Shrine is also the inspiration for In the Secret Place. At the actual Shrine the water flows to the Chapel while in my art piece it flows out of it. The white pieces in the border are printed with scriptures related to stillness and meeting with God.
“Nearly everybody I know does something to try to remove herself to clear her head and to have enough time and space to think… All of instinctively feel that something inside us crying out for more spaciousness and stillness to offset the exhilarations of this movement and the fun and diversion of the modern world.” — Pico Iyer
Silence can be hard to come by in our hectic, fast paced and often LOUD world. Sometimes is seems that everywhere we go we are bombarded with sound and often it is just too loud to ignore. As someone who is very sensitive to sound, if it is too loud it sends shock waves through my entire body. I am very aware of the potential harm in prolonged exposure to my own body, but I believe constant exposure to noise is harmful to every one. Once while leaving a church service with especially loud music a dear older man who was a church usher said to me, “We’re going to need to have a healing service for all the people who go deaf from the music.”
But aside from the pain and discomfort caused by loud sounds, they also disrupt our spiritual connection to the divine. We need that connection. We actually need time alone in the silence to clear our minds, reconnect and remember who we are. If you think you are too busy to find time for silent reflection, don’t worry, sooner or later you body will make time. This may not be the most pleasant of experiences as it may involve a physical injury or illness requiring you to stop and just be still.
Find time in your day to sit in the stillness and just be. You can start with just a few minutes. If you live a busy life it may take time to get used to the quiet. It may feel bad at first. I believe that is why we work so hard to fill our lives up with busyness and noise, to avoid the discomfort we feel in silence. We may even do this in church. Give it time.
I like to spend time in nature. Sitting in a beautiful setting naturally calms me. Focusing on your breath is another way to ease into silence. You may meditate if you wish. A spiritual path I follow calls the place of stillness where we meet God in meditation The Silence. You will hear more about this aspect of silence later this month.
Our bodies, minds and spirits need times of quiet. Find or create the time to sit and listen to the silence.
“No relationship can thrive without the sense of spaciousness that comes with stillness. Meditate or spend silent time in nature together. When going for a walk or sitting in the car or at home, become comfortable with being in stillness together. Stillness cannot and need not be created. Just be receptive to the stillness that is already there, but is usually obscured by mental noise.” — Eckhart Tolle [Source: Weekly Present Moment Reminders]