Centered In The Silence of Our Hearts
By Bernadette A. Moyer
Being centered and listening to the silence of our hearts can be challenging when we are living a full life. There is chaos and noise and chatter all around us. This voice and that voice chiming in and often it is truly difficult to remain centered with so much outside of ourselves going on.
“Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” Henri Nouwen
I think it is more important than ever to “retreat” and take time for silence. Listen to that inner voice that knows what is best. It is easy to get caught up in causes and in other people and their stuff and the drama we see everywhere around us.
Prayer, meditation, alone time, quiet time all can aid us and take us back to our center our core being. Just as Jesus retreated to the desert for 40 days before beginning his public ministry, we often need to retreat to regain our own focus. Retreating can help after a hardship or in times of question to allow us to find our center again.
From No Greater Love by Mother Teresa
Silence of our eyes
Silence of our ears
Silence of our mouths
Silence of our minds
… in the silence of the heart
God will speak
“We need to find God, and he 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.” Mother Teresa
What do you need to do so that you may hear the silence of your own heart? What aids you in becoming and staying centered?