Thursday, September 11, 2008

Inward silence

"Listen to the Silence"

As I have said on my meditation blog, we are now definitely in a period of considerable national tension as the election campaign intensifies. It is therefore, very important to be intentional about maintaining our spiritual equanimity and centeredness. The following quotation is very encouraging, I think:

It is of great importance that you endeavour, at all times, to keep your hearts in peace; that you may keep pure that temple of God. The way to keep it in peace is to enter into it by means of inward silence. When you see yourself more sharply assaulted, retreat into that region of peace; and you will find a fortress that will enable you to triumph over all your enemies, visible and invisible, and over all their snares and temptations. Within your own soul resides divine aid, and sovereign succour. Retreat within it, and all will be quiet, secure, peaceable, and calm. Thus, by means of mental silence, which can only be attained with divine help, you may look for tranquility in tumult: for solitude in company; for light in darkness; for forgetfulness in pressures: for vigour in despondency; for courage in fear; for resistance in temptation; and for quiet in tribulation.

-- William Backhouse


  1. Thank you, Ellie. I'm printing this one out. Timely and needed.

  2. Yes, I like the term, "mental silence". It's something we all need to cultivate!


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