Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:46:30 PM
How often do we stop and listen?
Stopping to listen to that still small voice that can only be heard when things are quiet.
Is it more difficult to stop now than it was just a decade ago? Depending upon where you live, can you get to a quiet spot? When we can’t find a place or time when we aren’t deluged with media it is difficult to hear “ourselves think” as they say. I don’t mean a quiet in which we read or chant some mantra. I’m talking about a quiet that makes the crickets seem loud.
If you haven’t been in a while or perhaps never heard the quiet then it may be unsettling to the point of panic at first. What happens first for me upon entering a quiet place is a sort of unloading of sounds and noisy thought from the previous days or weeks. It may take some time or concentrated effort to clear away those “echoes” or streams of sounds. But until I can get that inner fracas quiet there is no other quiet I can experience.
The first time you experience true quiet (again) may bring back thoughts of a solitude you did not seek and perhaps unpleasant times you had long forgotten. Seeking out the quiet is something you may not want to repeat but you should. We can’t go back yet into the past and mend situations that were unavoidable and painful. But we can move past them and grow. We can focus on the still small voice and listen to the quiet.
Our conscience, The Spirit of God, the good advice and good words we’ve read, these will begin to surface and guide our thoughts through the quiet. A time to meditate on these things is so much needed today. Just as it was yesterday and many years ago.