Silence is Free
“Find rest O my soul, in God alone.” (Psalm 62:5)
We live in a world of television, cell phones, twitter, Facebook, emails, sirens, sounds of traffic and constant noise and distractions all around us. Rarely do we have complete silence. But silence is important for a spiritual life. It restores your soul and helps you manage stress. It is the practice of doing nothing and the opportunity to let God fill your soul with his spirit of love. When we come to God in silence, we don’t try to make anything happen but just relax and let the spirit of God take over. You do not need any special classes to learn how to be silent. To reap the benefits of a quiet soul-you do not need lessons. You already know how to be silent.
An inner silence allows you to quiet your mind and refrain from judgment and thinking about the past or the future. You can be absent from the world in your moments of silence. Father Thomas Keating, one of the architects of the Christian contemplative prayer movement says, “The language of God is Silence. Everything else is a poor translation.”
Our purpose of practicing silence is conscious contact with God. We are not asking for anything but aligning ourselves with the Eternal and gaining the “peace that passes all understanding.” I encourage you to practice silence each day. I believe it will bring you peace, a feeling of bliss and balance in your life. You may find that you receive spiritual gifts you had not imagined!