Posts Tagged ‘Silence’

Silence

January 22, 2018

I confess, even though I may speak on the topic with some regularity, I struggle with silence. I suppose I am a victim, or perhaps better a product, of my environment. When I try to meditate my mind wanders, I am drawn to the next thing I need to do, the next place I need to be, the next person I need to see. Even now, as I write at home, there is a movie on the television that I have seen numerous times before, it is just background noise I don’t have to pay attention to know what is going on.

While these thoughts are true I work on my being comfortable with silence. I practice, as imperfect as my practice is, I take time in my office, or in the basement here at home to sit in subtle light, in the quiet, and practice stilling my mind in the effort to simply be.

As much as I wrestle with the practice, I also know how much I need it. Our world is filled with too much noise. Noise not just in the literal sense, but noise that diminishes, belittles, and attacks. We live in a world where the noise of injustice, racism, sexism, bigotry, and hate. It is this kind of noise our faith calls us to stand against, to speak to, and to transform in the songs of justice and grace.

The practice of silence and centering is about preparing our hearts, minds, and souls for the noisy world around us so we are prepared to be a presence of peace, light, and compassion in a world that has often forgotten how to be such things.

One of the places that brought me hope on my journey to Washington D.C. and New York was the United Nations Building. In a country and world that can often seem so hell bent on war, conflict, violence, and diminishing of the other, it was inspiring to be in a place dedicated to peace, committed to human rights, and determined to create a world free of weapons and war.

In the building I spent a couple of minutes in The Meditation Room. These are some of the words I was greeted with just outside the room,IMG_8654

“We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence. This house, dedicated to work and debate in the service of peace, should have one room dedicated to silence in the outward sense and stillness in the inner sense.” There is an ancient saying that the sense of a vessel is not in its shell but in the void. So, it is with this room. It is for those who come here to fill the void with what they find in their center of stillness.” If you would like to read more about the room here is a link, http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/dag/meditationroom.htm.

I found the place and space calming and inspiring as well as instructing, that in all the work we do to promote the kindom and beloved community of peace, justice, kindness, and humility we need time for stillness and silence.

Take some time this day, this week, and all the days to come, to tend your soul, to be still, and know the Divine is with you, you are never alone. And then we will rise together to stand and light a light of hope and justice in the world around us.

Peace and Light for Our Journey,

Pastor Kent

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