Today’s bog thoughts are from Joyce Hifler’s book titled Pathways.
“Creative people from the beginning of time have found a need for solitude__creative artist, yes, but also creative people who are trying for a more rewarding way of life___looking within themselves for answers to problems___listening and visioning without the clamor and interruption that scatters their power to cope.”
“One of the most important parts of prayer is the need to be quiet and listen___to hear inner wordless voice that speaks through ideas and feelings__and it cannot come if the din within and around is greater than the need to hear___greater than the need to be quiet and listen to the silence.”
Stilling the mind, so to “listen to the silence”__ Silence is not always silent___ Listening for the silence is a meditative experience. Think of where you like to go. I love to go into a space inside my home, or outside of my home. Such places are where I can just feel the world around me. I am thinking of the sweetness of hearing birds when I sit on my deck. I am thinking of the chill or warmth of the day, the smells__ These things embrace us and they enhance the silence we come into. Then I come to a point where the singing of the birds drops away and I can just be present with my thoughts. In doing so I have solitude. Solitude is something I cherish, something I need. It allows me to run down my check list of my feelings. This is where I find and create my balance for a span of time. I can return to finding my solitude as need be.
Pejj Nunes 10/28/2020