Yesterday (Sunday 31 January, 2021) we began a three-week exploration of the question: What is spirituality? A quote by Maggie Ross spoke about the vocation of silence – silence not as a personal indulgence, but a subversive act within our noisy, consumeristic culture whose demands are soul destroying for ourselves and our fragile ecology.
I wondered today if it might be helpful to consider ways we can weave silence into our days. Beyond the obvious and overt observation of silence through meditation and prayer, perhaps you might like to try some of the suggestions below:
|1||Meditation||Carve out a few minutes when we intentionally let go of thoughts and encounter the Original Silence within (World Community for Christian Meditation is a great resource).|
Do one thing at a time with full presence.
|3||Set an electronics curfew||Try putting to bed computers, phones, TVs etc. at least 30-minutes before bedtime.|
|4||Refrain from mindless media||Attend to the moment and connect with our surroundings rather than checking news feeds, scrolling through social media, looking at emails.|
|5||Tame the tongue||Think before we speak; ask: Does what I am about to say honour the silence it breaks and add to the love in the world?|
|6||Make a sanctuary for silence||Find a spot in the garden, a nook in the house or a beloved bench in a park for quiet space.|
|7||Bookend our day with silence||Make a conscious choice to start and end each day with a moment of reverence and gratitude.|
Let me know how you get on and if you have other practices that you find helpful.
Rev. Christine Gilbert Minister of the Word St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church 92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045 P: (08) 8295 1771 E: [email protected]