“I don’t have the patience for silent prayer.”
I get it.
We have busy lives.
There is too much on our plate.
How will we get done the things we need to do today?
Sitting quietly for 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes is hard!
All kinds of thoughts come up that we don’t want to think about.
When we do things we don’t have to feel these thoughts.
I say persevere.
Start small, 5 minutes.
Work your way up to 20 minutes.
Patience in silent prayer will teach you patience in life.
We learn to patiently take daily action on our goals.
We learn to be patient with ourselves.
We learn to patiently wait when someone needs space.
We learn when no action is the best action.
We even learn that sometimes we are not the right person to take that action and someone else is.
The patience in silent prayer seems to give us back time.
We learn what to focus on and what to let go.
We find we are more productive.
The patience in silent prayer teaches you how to be patient with life.
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault
An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation by Martin Laird
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