stillness

If you would know deeper dimensions of yourself

If you would know deeper dimensions of yourself and the Divine, my friend, befriend the Silence.

~ Jerry Wright

Are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?

I have a feeling that my boat has struck, down there in the depths, against a great thing. And nothing happens! Nothing ...
Silence ... Waves ...
Nothing happens? Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?

~ Juan Ramon Jimenez, trans. by Robert Bly

In the emptying that silence is

The Great Mystery will draw closer and begin to reveal some of her secrets in silence. We hope, in the emptying that silence is, to discover a way of being present to what happens and to what is. To be totally open to apprehend the full impact of each moment and each encounter, the heart must be set free from all prejudices, pre-conceptions and expectations. The silence at the center of our reflections here is for emptying and for letting go of the images and knowledge that obscure the vision of our hearts and our ability to truly hear.

~ from YEAR OF THE HEART by Daniel J. O'Leary

Conversation is the ultimate experience of being in love.

Conversation is the ultimate experience of being in love. It involves self-surrender to the heart of mystery, to an uncomprehended "Who", given in a mystical way. The shift in our attention from all finite loves and hates, whether interpersonal, familial or philanthropic to concern for the Transcendent Other, available in the unmediated experience of love and awe, occurs first in that incarnate meaning that we are. We discover by God's gracious love, we are a meaningful word already spoken, a beloved whose very being is the expression of God's turning toward us. In essence, our conversion toward God is the created effect of divine love. We could not pray if God was not already invested in our hearts and mind.

~ from THE DESIRES OF THE HEART by Bernard Lonergan

The heart knows what the tongue will never utter

The heart knows what the tongue
will never utter
and what the ears can never hear.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Place your MIND before the mirror of eternity

Place your MIND before the mirror of eternity!
Place your SOUL in the brilliance of glory!
Place your HEART in the figure of the divine substance!

And transform your entire being in the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation.

~ St. Clare of Assisi

May 1994 (Vol. VII, No. 5)

\GREETINGS and BLESSINGS be with you, friends, in this season of seed-sowing! ... a reminder to ask ourselves how we are cultivating the inner soil of our hearts to prepare for renewal and new growth.

Only by learning silence

Only by learning silence, solitude, and emptying can you find the place where the roots of all living things are tied together.

Unknown

Have you ever tried to spend a whole hour doing nothing but listening

Have you ever tried to spend a whole hour doing nothing but listening to the voice that dwells deep in your heart? ... It is not easy to enter into the silence and reach beyond the many boisterous and demanding voices of the world and to discover the small intimate voice saying: "You are my Beloved Child, on you my favor rests." Still, if we dare embrace our solitude and befriend our silence, we will come to know the voice ... a voice that can be heard by the ear of faith, the ear of the inner heart.

~ from BECOMING THE BELOVED by Henri Nouwen

There is one quality of mind which is the basis and foundation of spiritual discovery

There is one quality of mind which is the basis and foundation of spiritual discovery, and that quality of mind is called bare attention. Bare attention means observing things as they are, without choosing, without comparing, without evaluating, without laying our projections and expectations on what is happening; cultivating instead a choiceless and non-interfering awareness.

~ from THE EXPERIENCE OF INSIGHT by Joseph Goldstein
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