Tag: silence

At the Bottom of a Prayer

Quieting December 7, 2016

At times,

the silence

was painfully

subtle.

But the reflections

that flowed

out of this place

were tender

and led so sweetly

back to this silent

space —

at the bottom

of a prayer.

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Before the Noise

Quieting September 22, 2016

I began to listen

to life —

to show up

and listen

to what was around me,

perhaps as our ancestors

once listened —

before all the noise.

And so I began

to listen

a little more deeply —

not analyzing each sound,

but waiting for the music

to continue,

noticing my own part

within in it

and outside of it.

And I couldn’t imagine

it being any other way.

In Faith

Reflections September 20, 2016

I vowed to continue on —

to take each step

in faith,

rooted firmly

in my heart,

unattached to the need

for outer relief —

holding my ground

in all situtions —

not always quiet,

not needing

to be right

or good enough

or even noticed —

simply playing my part

as it unfolded.

And there was

a beautiful silence

within my heart

I wouldn’t ever try

to fill again.

A Gentler Way

Reflections September 13, 2016

The time came

to find a gentler way,

to turn back

from the path of mind —

retracing my steps

just a little.

At first it felt

a bit lonely,

as there seemed to be

fewer taking this turn.

And I admit I missed

the crowds at times

and the paved roads

and maps.

But as I walked this

strangely familiar path

unfolding in front of me,

I began to remember

what it felt like

to walk on the earth,

to be free to notice

and allow my attention

to fall where it liked,

to experience the world

around me

and inside of me

without a constant

narrating mind.

And sure enough,

just as I had guessed,

I was okay

in this place —

where everything was

as it had been —

feelings and sensations

and challenges

and thoughts.

But without the narrator,

without the constant story,

they had taken on a

lighter feel,

softened somehow —

along this path

of the heart.