Categories for Stillness
A Presence So Immense
This Presence is so immense, yet so humble; awe-inspiring yet so gentle; limitless, yet so intimate, tender and personal.
A Centering Practice: Breathing Out
A person will suffocate if she just keeps breathing in! To breathe means to both breathe in and breathe out—to receive and to give.
A Centering Practice: Boats Floating Downstream
In Centering Prayer, a contemplative practice taught by Thomas Keating, we choose a sacred word to help us return to our intention of awareness to God’s presence.
Centering is one of the simplest and most common forms of contemplative practice. The center refers to a relaxed yet focused state of mind. Centering practice is especially helpful in the midst of strong emotional states such as excitement or anxiety, and is often used by athletes, public speakers, actors, and anyone who wants to feel stable and prepared before a potentially stressful event.
Going into Silence: A Practice
Evagrius Ponticus, the Syrian deacon (d. 399) who first wrote about eight of the sins that eventually became the Enneagram,... View Article
Some Gateways to Silence (a way to begin one’s centering practice)
Show me your ways, teach me your paths (a good one for the labyrinth) The gaze of God receives me... View Article
Silence is not merely the absence of words. If you write a note, you break your silence. Unless you are... View Article
Reflections on Dadirri
What I want to talk about is (a) special quality of my people. I believe it is the most important.... View Article
When we refer to silence, we’re not referring to a totally quiet environment. Rarely is it possible to create the... View Article
A Meditation On Silence
Not too long ago, periods of reflection and stillness were woven into the fabric of our days as we washed... View Article