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The essence of God's voice is silence

If the heart of prayer is listening, what is it we listen to when we pray? The obvious answer is God's voice, yet great care is needed lest we presume the divine voice is like an ordinary human one. The essence of God's voice is silence...To be silent is to empty oneself of the din of transitory distractions so that one becomes fully receptive to the silence that always and everywhere underlies them. The silence thus cultivated is not a void so much as an expectant readiness, a sensitive receptivity, to the stillness hidden in the noise of daily life.

~ from SPIRITUALTY OF THE HANDMAID by Kerry Walters

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ros

It was completely still

Today I was walking with some friends in Armstrong Redwoods Park and I was astonished at those trees. The more I looked at them, the more I came to appreciate them. It was completely still, unlike our tropical forests in India, where elephants trumpet, tigers roar, and there is a constant symphony of sound. Here everything was still, and I enjoyed the silence so much that I remembered these lines of John Keats. It is a perfect simile for the silence of the mind, when all personal conflicts are resolved, when all selfish desires come to rest. All of us are looking for this absolute peace, this inward, healing silence in the redwood forest of the mind. When we find it, we will become small forces for peace wherever we go.

~ from WORDS TO LIVE BY by Eknath Easwaran

Noiseless noise among the leaves

And then there crept a little noiseless noise among the leaves,
Born of the very sigh that silence heaves.

~ John Keats

Penetrating deeper and deeper into the nature of reality

As one contemplates, penetrating deeper and deeper into the nature of reality, one leaves the sensible world behind, transcends the subject/object mode of perception, and experiences one's soul.

~ Shimon Malin
The Eye That Sees Itself
By Shimon Malin

There is immense power in stillness

There is immense power in stillness...You may not see or feel the operations of this silent force, but be assured it is always working mightily, and will work for you, if you only get your spirit still enough to be carried along by the currents of its power.
~ Hannah Whitall Smith
God of All Comfort
By Hannah Whitall Smith

You do not need to leave your room

You do not need to leave your room... Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

~ Franz Kafka

God's breath is heard in quietness

God's breath is heard in quietness and felt in stillness. Beware the noises and clamor of ego which drown out the divine whisper.

~ from MESSAGES FROM THE ANCESTORS: WISDOM FOR THE WAY by Maryellen Flynn Kelley

Ancient spirits dance to it

Listen to the silence as it echoes around you,
Ancient spirits dance to it.

~ Amber Coverdale Sumrall
Refuge
By Amber Coverdale Sumrall
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