Active Silence

“God is the friend of silence. See how nature–trees, flowers, grass–grow in silence? The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.” ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta …

It is quite interesting to witness the roles that silence plays in the world around us. When painted upon the backdrop of silence, the sounds of nature are so beautifully unique. The breeze against the grasses and leaves, the songs of the birds and the sounds of the animals–silence is a necessity for all things to hear, to communicate, to interact, to grow. It is there in the presence of silence, that we are able to come face-to-face with our soul–to confront our very being.

Silence is an important element of growing into the person we are meant to be. Life provides to us many valuable lessons that become much more clear and concise when we approach them in the presence of silence and reflection. But it is only in there, in quiet meditation, that we will have the ability to understand the situations and occurrences we are presented with in life; it is only there that we are able to come from a place of peace and acceptance, and gain the ability to look beyond situations with much more equanimity and much less judgment. Things will not always go as we expect them to go; and when we spend time in quiet meditation, we establish ourselves in the best position to weather the disappointments we may face in such situations.

Silence is a well of water that refreshes our souls, thus allowing us to give more in our active lives. Religious individuals, throughout the ages, have urged us to seek meditation, quiet time, and prayer as an important part of our lives. Jesus, after being baptized, went out into the desert for forty days to fast; He was not looking for more things to do… He was seeking God in silence. There is silence within each of us, but we have to find it; we have to choose to get in touch with it and make it a part of our lives.

Spend some time in silent reflection and prayer.

Questions to consider:

Where do you notice silence in your life? What lessons does it teach?

What blessings does silence add to your life?

How much time do you spend getting in touch with the silence inside of you?

For further thought:

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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