Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Out of the Silence

The basic condition for us to be able

to hear the call of beauty and respond to it, ...

is Silence.

If we don't have Silence in ourselves, if our mind, body, are full of noise

then we can't hear beauty's call. "

                               Thich Nhat Hanh



the noise is deafening





so many words roaring out of our televisions

so many images flashing across our computer screens

so many YouTube videos

Facebook posts

And so so many “comments”


it is a toxic cacophony

that sucks our souls dry


and yet, it seems we (maybe it’s just me) cannot turn away


we get lost in this noise

our brains become altered

our hearts harden

and our souls shrink


and we become people we barely know

and the spiritual junk food we consume creates a lot of foul crap

that oozes from our souls


there is an antidote




moments when we stop, breathe, listen

stop, breathe, seek

stop, breathe, connect

with the Sacred Presence within


it never hurts to listen to the heart

and to the still small voice

the divine voice


and when sit in the silence

or walk in silence

and notice, the beauty

the sun rising over the mountains,

the breeze caressing our face

the beat of our heart

the air, coming in, going out


when we take the time to connect to all of that

we not only connect to the Sacred

we become connected to ourselves


this is one of the gifts of these times

when we have been forced to slow down

spent more time sheltered


we have a chance to use this time to move toward deeper things

and perhaps

just perhaps, as we do that

we will learn to choose wisely

to sort through the noise, and find the truth

and live accordingly


perhaps in the sheltering silence we will learn to

“no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about

by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming…

but speaking the truth in love, grow up in every way into Jesus” (Ephesians 4)



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