I have always been attracted to silence.
I am a bit of an introvert.
I don’t mind to be alone.
I am not saying I don’t like people or being with them.
I love when I spend time with my wife, kids, family and friends. I need them. They help make me who I am.
However, I also enjoy the silence.
I need the silence!
When I am alone I can:
-Watch college football ( I had to say this one.)
As much as I like the silence I always wondered.
There had to be more to this silence.
I had heard silence can transform you.
I had read a few books by Carl McColman about silence.
However, one thing was still absent for me.
I did not know what to do in the silence.
I then came across Healing the Divide by Amos Smith.
In his book Amos discussed his method for practicing silence: Centering Prayer.
I now had found a container for the silence.
I emailed Amos and we began a dialogue.
I asked Amos many questions.
At the same time, I began to practice Centering Prayer.
I have not looked back.
Centering Prayer has transformed me!
Centering Prayer continues to transform me.
I have a deeper and more intimate relationship with God.
(You can still practice Centering Prayer even if you don’t believe in God or have doubts.)
I am more confident.
I have an excitement for life that I did not have before.
I am not afraid to take action on inner nudges that move me out of my comfort zone.
I am more calm.
I make better decisions.
I seem to come out of the silence with inner wisdom for daily tasks.
I am still very much work in progress!
That is why I will return to the silence of Centering Prayer on a daily basis.
Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path by Carl McColman
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