Or as Thomas Keating says, “silence is God’s first language.”
We all know about prayer, the petitions and thanksgiving we offer unto our Creator each day. But silence is perhaps the best prayer of all, it is the offering up of our spirit, open, vulnerable, needing.
It is our surrender to God and most of all it is listening. As those who teach this kind of prayer tell us, we may be totally unaware of anything transpiring, but during this time, when we quiet ourselves and simply sit, the communion of engaged fully, transforming, reordering our inner being.
We listen, we wait, and God’s gentle direction will come.
It seems that every faith tradition has some form of this type of prayer. We can call it Centering Prayer, or Mindfulness, or Contemplative, or Zen Meditation. It is the prayer of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, the prayer of mystics around the world. It is quieting ourselves and allowing the Creator to move within us.
Let us find time each day to wait in the silence.
- Silence (annabaptist.wordpress.com)
- Contemplations: The Space Between Each Breath Is…? (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Part One (blessedsilence.wordpress.com)
- Can you hear? – Listening to God (633woman.com)