“. . .Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." Mark 4:39
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long arduous quest after truth.” Mahatma Gandhi
“Not merely an absence of noise, Real silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.” Peter Minard
There is something about the idea of "silence" that pulls me - I find very appealing, alluring, and spiritual. I think the soul thirsts after the interior silence where God speaks and one can hear.
Life seems so busy. My mind is often in hot pursuit of the next thought or action. I may be retired, but busier now than when working.
Commitment to AA, Alanon, and our blogging community takes time. I try to read your blogs regularly. I try also to calm my mind long enough each day to allow some idea for a blog to enter in. Then comes the hopefully thoughtful construction of said blog. I do the best I can.
When I was in treatment 23 years ago, there was involvement in lots of groups focused on multiple needs. There wasn't enough time in the 28 days to address all of them. I never had an opportunity to work on reducing stress. Over the years I have learned some techniques to reduce stress, but still have trouble "quieting" myself at times.
Last, but surely not least is time devoted to my hubby. God's grace allowed us to meet and over time develop a wonderful relationship and marriage. Mr-a-roni and I will be away on a relaxing trip soon and I am looking forward to many moments of calm and silence as we float in the Caribbean.
When visiting patients, sometimes silences are the prelude to intimate thoughts needing expression. The training for pastoral care taught this is called "the ministry of presence". Since I tend to be somewhat in high gear, this will take practice.
Bottom line! I dearly love the thought of "silence". Now what is needed is practice putting silence into action - no - into "inaction".
(A good start would be meditating on the three quotes at the beginning of this blog.)