Centering Prayer and Inner Stillness

Why do people yearn for silence?

After all, silence seems impossible to achieve.

There are always noises around us. In our homes we hear the sounds of the air conditioner or heater.

The dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer run; clocks tick; television and radio send their voices out into the air.

Many people say they need white noise in the background.

Some people cannot fall asleep without the television.

I believe the thirst for silence is not a longing for the absence of sound.

Instead, it is a thirst for inner stillness, a thirst to stop the incessant interior thoughts and commentaries.

This interior dialogue repeats things like this: “I am not loved. I am not confident. I am not good enough. I could have done a better job. I am not happy. I am bored. I am afraid to try new things. Don’t pick me, I can’t do this. I am jealous.”

We desperately want to stop this dialogue.

We want to hear a different Voice, the Voice that says, “I love you.

You can be confident.

You are good enough.

You do a great job.

I am all you need to be happy.

You no longer need to feel bored.

I have new plans for you.”

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