I Need Silence!

 

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:

-Think

-Plan

-Journal

-Read

-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. 

Go Further:

The first two books I read on Centering Prayer were: Open Mind, Open Heart 20th Anniversary Edition  by Thomas Keating and by Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening Cynthia Bourgeault.

Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots  by Amos Smith

Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life  by Amos Smith

Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path  by Carl McColman

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality  by Carl McColman

 

 

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2 thoughts on “I Need Silence!

  1. One time As I was praying centering prayer I opened my eyes and looked around, I closed my eyes to use sacred word but I couldn’t pray centering prayer for I forgot my sacre word. And did not prayer for about 9 years and negativeshappened in my life and I reacted negatively. Then one watching ewtn negative report on centering prayer which I new was wrong about centering prayer.. I started praying centering prayer and remembered my sacred word, Then about a year later I stopped praying centering pray and started praying centering prayer after leaving an adoration chapel I received a thought to pray centering prayer and been praying centering prayer the pasr ten years daily.

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