Interreligious, Quotes

Silence Reveals. Silence Heals …


First, silence makes us pilgrims. Secondly, silence guards the fire within. Thirdly, silence teaches us to speak.
― Henri J.M. Nouwen from The Way of the Heart

In our quest for God, we think too much, reflect too much, talk too much. Even when we look at this dance that we call creation, we are the whole time thinking, talking (to ourselves and others) reflecting, analyzing, philosophizing. Words. Noise.

Be silent and contemplate the Dance. Just look: a star, a flower, a fading leaf, a bird, a stone… any fragment of the Dance will do. Look. Listen. Smell. Touch. Taste. And, hopefully, it won’t be long before you see Him—the Dancer Himself!
— Anthony de Mello SJ from The Song of the Bird

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Within each of us there is a silence – a silence as vast as the universe. We are afraid of it … we long for it.  When we experience that silence, we remember who we are: creatures of the stars, created from the birth of the galaxies, created from the cooling of this planet, created from dust and gas, created from the elements, created from time and space … created from silence.
— Gunilla Norris from Inviting Silence

Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.
— Haruki Murakami from Kafka on the Shore

When chant music stops, sometimes quite abruptly, an audible silence reverberates throughout the room … This silence is not merely sound’s absence, but a mysterious presence, the immense nothingness that is our origin and our home.  If we listen carefully, we discover that when all is said and done, chant inducts us into this silence that is the ground of our being.
— David Steidl-Rast from Music of Silence

Silence is our deepest nature, our home, our common ground, our peace. Silence reveals. Silence heals.
— Gunilla Norris from Inviting Silence

Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life.
— Eckhart Tolle from The Power of Now

There is no effort we can make to still ourselves. True stillness comes naturally from moments of solitude where we allow our minds to settle. Just as water seeks its own level, the mind will gravitate towards the holy. Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still.
— Ming-Dao Deng from 365 Tao: Daily Meditations
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