Power of Shutting Up!

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I attended the funeral service for the dad of a great friend today. t was held at a Catholic church, and the priest delivered a good (and graciously short) sermon.  He made several biblically grounded references, of course, but his theme was really striking. He said that “God is in the silence.”  He was referring to the silence of the grave presumably, but he also generalized to the silence of everyday life — or rather, the absence of silence. With our constant focus on being digitally connected, always logged in, etc., we lose the quiet moments.  More intriguing was his statement that we use all the communication tools to fill the silence in our lives, ultimately because we fear the silence of Death.

That really resonated with me! It talks to a large focus of my thinking these days, which is Presence.  Being present in the moment. Being watchful and attentive to reality around you. Truly listening.  All of these very important actions require Silence as a starting point. And, if we want to start to become comfortable with our own mortality, we need to start by building a friendship with silence.

Silence is not the absence of thought or life or living. On the contrary, it is focus on what is real and present. Paying attention to our feelings. Living the moment. Rediscovering in the quiet moments, without distractions, what and who are truly important to us.

I find this peaceful silence so often in the mountains, away from the “things of Man.” But, over time, I’ve come to realize I don’t need to adventure to find peace. I can stop what I’m doing, take a breath, and just listen — in silence.

God is in the Silence!

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