We need silence to be alone with God, to speak to him, to listen to him, to ponder his words deep in our hearts. We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and transformed.
Silence gives us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled with the energy of God himself that makes us do all things with joy. Mother Teresa. True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn. Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere--in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.
To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. Henri Nouwen. To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me.
But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars One might think the atmosphere was made transparent Ralph Waldo Emerson. Prayer is Love's tender dialogue Between the soul and God. John Richard Moreland. Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation--and for me the most important part is listening to God's replies.
Frank C. Prayer is the most powerful form of energy one can generate It supplies us with a flow of sustaining power in our daily lives. Alexis Carrel. They who have steeped their souls in prayer Can every anguish calmly bear.
Richard Monckton Milnes. When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart. John Bunyan. He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Become aware of God, in whose presence you are while you pray.
Then take a formula of prayer and recite it with perfect attention both to the words you are saying and to the Person to whom you are saying them. Saint John Climacus. One of the most powerful ways to pray, and a method used throughout the world, is the repetition of the name God.
Krishan Chopra. Using an inspirational passage Whatever we drive deep into consciousness, that we become I usually recommend the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:. Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life. Eknath Easwaran. Meditation is to be aware of what is going on - in our bodies, in our feelings, in our minds, and in the world. Each day Yet the sunrise is beautiful, and the rose that bloomed this morning along the wall is a miracle.
Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects.
Please do not think we must be solemn in order to meditate. In fact, to meditate well, we have to smile a lot. When one devotes oneself to meditation, mental burdens, unnecessary worries, and wandering thoughts drop off one by one; life seems to run smoothly and pleasantly. A student may now depend on intuition to make decisions. As one acts on intuition, second thought, with its dualism, doubt and hesitation, does not arise.
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Nyogen Senzaki. Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom. Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end. People seek out retreats for themselves in the country, at the seaside, on the mountains Make use then of this retirement continually and regenerate thyself. Marcus Aurelius. Half an hour's meditation is essential except when you are very busy. Then a full hour is needed. Let the mind be empty, and not filled with the things of the mind. Then there is only meditation, and not a meditor who is meditating.
The mind must be clear, without movement, and in the light of that clarity the timeless will be revealed.
Your thoughts are a veil on the face of the Moon. That Moon is your heart, and those thoughts cover your heart.
So let them go, just let them fall into the water. Pay no attention [to your thoughts]. Don't fight them. Just do nothing about them, let them be, whatever they are. Your very fighting them gives them life. Just disregard. Look through. You need not stop thinking. Just cease being interested. Stop your routine of acquisitiveness, your habit of looking for results and the freedom of the universe is yours.
Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
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They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. Lao Tzu.