Posts Tagged ‘silence’

Turn Off Your Phones!

February 15, 2015

woman-holding-phones-cords-wrappedin church today, the minister offered a nice analogy. He said that if you ask a friend to call you but you’re always on the phone with others, your friend won’t be able to reach you.

So it is with God. If your five “sense telephones” are ceaselessly relaying information and perceptions about (more…)

Skimming and Skipping Across the Surface of Our Days

July 25, 2012

Lori Anne Yang


I love the analogy my friend, Lori Anne Yang, expresses so beautifully in this brief post from her blog, Mammaste. it is a good visual and visceral reminder to make the most of every moment you have been blessed with.




SKIMMING AND SKIPPING ACORSS THE SURFACE OF OUR DAYS

Many mornings it feels like I put on my water skis, pick up the tow rope behind the speed boat that is my mind, the motor revs and (more…)

The Whole Universe Surrenders

June 26, 2010

Practice being silent and peaceful every day. Early morning, before your mind kicks into high gear, is an ideal time for stillness.

Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture.
Aldous Huxley


Begin by silently expressing love, devotion, and yearning, and allow yourself to be (more…)

Remain Sitting at Your Table and Listen

June 21, 2010




If you are always on the go, the notion of taking time for quiet reflection may seem counterintuitive. Yet silence is your natural state. It may take a few attempts before you are able to sit quietly and breathe deeply without feeling anxious.



All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
Blaise Pascal

Done mindfully, sitting in silence delivers you fully into the present moment, washing away your troubles and synchronizing your breathing with (more…)

Exploring the Private Sea

June 19, 2010

Reshaping your inner world and living more consciously beings with self-reflection and self-appraisal. Taking internal inventory requires time alone and a willingness to ask and answer pointed, and perhaps painful, questions.

It is easier to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, in a government ship, with five hundred men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one’s being alone.
Henry David Thoreau



You cannot get to know yourself in a meaningful way until you (more…)

Desiderata—Now You Know the Rest of the Story

October 4, 2008

No matter how familiar you are with this lovely bit of prose, it’s worth reading again. I hope you enjoy its timeless wisdom.

By the way, Desiderata, which is Latin for “things to be desired,” was not discovered, as legend has it, in Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore in 1692. Read the real history of Desiderata immediately after the poem.



DESIDERATA

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without (more…)