Silence x3

First, silence makes us pilgrims.

Secondly, silence guards the fire within.

Thirdly, silence teaches us to speak. ~ Henri Nouwen

What type of silence do you need most?


“Of the little words that come out of the silence, like prayers prayed back to the one who prays, make a poem that does not disturb the silence from which it came.” ~ Wendell Berry


“Some of us allow [silence] to fully envelop and nurture our seeking; others who have been silenced by oppression seek to voice the joy of spiritual reunion in an evocative counterpoint.” ~ Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable

Which way does the journey take you?

Wild and inexplicable

“To speak, and to write, is to assert who we are and what we think. The necessary other side is to surrender to these things — to stand humbled and stunned and silent before the wild and inexplicable beauties and mysteries of being.” ~ Jane Hirshfield

How do you surrender to the mystery?

Such silence

As deep as I ever went into the forest
I came upon an old stone bench, very, very old,
and around it a clearing, and beyond that
trees taller and older than I had ever seen.

Such silence!

…Sometimes there’s only a hint, a possibility.
What’s magical, sometimes, has deeper roots
than reason…

I sat on the bench, waiting for something.
An angel, perhaps. Or dancers with the legs of goats.

No, I didn’t see either. But only, I think, because
I didn’t stay long enough. ~ Mary Oliver

Are you staying long enough?


“We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Teresa of Calcutta

What touches your soul?