We are always doing, going, rushing or talking. Cell phones are our constant connection with life outside of ourselves. We are not used to quiet or time for our own thinking, Yet, stillness is part of the awareness of God’s presence which we call prayer. It involves no commotion or agitation. Rather, to be still is to seek a serenity, a calm, a tranquility of being. We exchange our usual business, noise and activity for silence and quiet. We are free. We become aware. In experiencing stillness we can touch into our inner selves and open ourselves to God’s presence within and perceive God’s presence around us. .
I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands
I will review the times for stillness in my day. Where can I make this happen realistically?
At the mountain of God, Horeb,
Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.
Then the Lord said to him,
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord;
the Lord will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the Lord—
but the Lord was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the Lord was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
1 Kings 19:9a
Be still and know that I am God
In the business of this day
Grant me a stillness of seeing, O God.
In the conflicting voices of my heart
Grant me a calmness of hearing,
Let…my words and my actions
Be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence.
Let my passions or life…
Be grounded in the experience of your stillness.
Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.
Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace.
E’yen A. Gardner
Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.
Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.
Speak only if it improves upon the silence.