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. In the moment of stillness we touch into our inner selves and open ourselves to God’s presence within and without.
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?
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.
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
Bring yourself back to the point quite gently. And even if you do nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back a thousand times, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.
St. Francis De Sales
It has often occurred to me that a seeker after truth has to be silent.
Your mind cannot possibly understand God. Your heart already knows.
There is nothing so much like God in all the universe as silence.
To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude.