Listening from the Spiritual Heart

Today’s blog is by Keith Kristich “An atmosphere of intentional prayer precedes and follows group sessions, permeating the time together, as all seek an attitude of trustful openness, ready to share what is given as the fruit of prayer and reflection, and ready to hear what arises in the silence and words of direction time.” […]

A Space for Silence & Prayer

Article by Judy Walsh-Mellett – September 2019 eNews As a child walking in the woods, I was not compelled to ponderous thinking or righting the world’s wrongs. I simply walked and paused breathless if a deer or a rabbit passed by. Or gazed in awe if I chanced to see a Lady Slipper’s rare glory, […]

There is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.

~Thomas Merton

Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand.

~Seng-Ts’an

Categories: Nature and spirituality and Non-duality. Tags: silence. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote.

Nothing in all creation is so like God
as stillness.

~Meister Eckhart

You need a spiritual pilgrimage.
Begin by closing your mouth.

~sayings of the Desert Fathers

 

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The seeker’s silence
is the loudest form of prayer.

~Swami Vivekananda

 

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Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: prayer and silence. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote.

The quieter you become,

the more you can hear.

~Ram Dass

 

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Categories: Body Prayer and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: quiet, Ram Dass, and silence. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote.

Being Contemplative in the Digital Age: 6 Tips to Nourish Your Prayer Practice

Prayer is often thought of as speaking to God but prayer doesn’t have to be about speaking. It can be about silence and listening. This practice from the Christian contemplative tradition can serve to help calm the storm of stimuli that is part of living in the digital age.

St. Benedict, a sixth century spiritual leader, advised his monks to “listen with the ear of the heart,” that is, to listen deeply, noticing the many ways God spoke to them in their daily activities as well as through scripture and worship.

There are many ways to pray, many ways to open to God’s living presence and nurture an awareness of the sacred in daily life. Whether you are just beginning on a spiritual path or seeking to deepen your spiritual practice, here are some ways to begin or begin again.

Sit.

I was praying and filled to the brim with so many ideas, desires, and hopes. I was looking for a new direction, a calling, next steps, and a road map clarifying the journey ahead. In my earnest prayer, I asked, “Lord, what shall I do next?” I sensed a small whisper of an answer. I heard this:

“ Sit.”

Surely, I must have missed something. Sit? Was this it? I was hoping for something with at least two syllables, something grander, maybe even life changing! I thought perhaps I must have misheard, so I prayed again and again and then again on another day. The answer was always the same, a gentle loving nudge to do nothing else but “Sit.”