June 5

Reflection

When the noise of our daily surroundings seems overpowering and it seems to be getting the best of us, silence is a powerful antidote. It is where we can be in touch with things and be still in the midst of the intrusions all around us. To be still is to seek a serenity, a calm, a tranquility of being. It is part of the awareness of God’s presence which we call prayer. It involves no commotion or agitation. 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. Silence enables us to get in touch with matters of the heart.

Prayer

I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands
Psalm 63:4 

Action

Review the times for stillness in your day. Where can you make this happen realistically?

Suggested Readings

Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 46:10

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.
J.Philip Newell

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
Deepak Chopra

When everything is moving and shifting, the only way to counteract chaos is stillness. When things feel extraordinary, strive for ordinary. When the surface is wavy, dive deeper for quieter waters.
Kristin Armstrong

I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world.
Ellen DeGeneres

When you enter a place of stillness, you awaken the divinity within you.
Peggy Sealfon

I learned that the interior of life was as rewarding as the exterior of life, and that my richest moments occurred when I was absolutely still.
Richard Bode

 

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