Monday, December 20, 2010
Season of Silence
I recently finished reading Listening Below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence by Anne LeClaire. Anne practices total silence two days every month. Her book tells how this practice has transformed her. She says: "Listen and in the quiet you will hear the direction of your heart." Total silence two days a month is a revolutionary thought in our world where we are bombarded by noise everywhere we go.
The theme of silence seems to be recurring for me at present as it also presented itself in a newsletter from Stanbrook Abbey which I have quoted below. Stanbrook Abbey is home to a community of contemplative nuns living according to the rule of St. Benedict in New Yorkshire, England.
"Silence in our present age has become a rare commodity. Wherever we go there always seems to be some form of background noise. It is as though our present age has become almost frightened of silence, not the type of silence that hides anger or displeasure but the type that allows you to listen with an expectant heart. What are we frightened of hearing?"
I hope to listen more during this season of silence.