Thursday, January 3, 2008


Silence and light

"For God alone my soul in silence waits," is the beginning of Psalm 62.

A very wise bishop once said to me, "Silence is the language of God; anything else is a bad translation."

The question is raised, therefore, are we willing to become acquainted with silence?

Out of curiosity I happened to run a search on the word itself and found an interesting entry on Wikipedia. Here's something from that article:
A silent mind, freed from the onslaught of thoughts and thought patterns, is both a goal and an important step in spiritual development. Inner silence is understood to bring one in contact with the divine or the ultimate reality of this moment. All religious traditions imply the importance of being quiet and still in mind and spirit for transformative and integral spiritual growth to occur.
Try cultivating a taste for silence - even if you only practice this for five minutes a day. I assure you that you will reap benefit from it in your spiritual life.

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