Each year the members of our internship class take part in an overnight, retreat. Aside from an hour a day when they talk with a spiritual companion (spiritual director) they remain in silence. Even the meals are taken in silence.
I am no authority on silence—my life is sometimes a noisy one. But it seems to me that verbal silence is a pathway that leads to a more encompassing silence of the heart, mind, and body. Such deep silence can become a way of life—present in any setting and in the midst of activity. The person who knows how to dwell in silence will know what to say when it’s time to speak.
Such contemplative qualities are needed by you and me, and all the people of the world. From week to week, our Spiritual Life Center helps more and more people to develop such qualities and then to share this way of being with the world, showing by example what is possible.
If you would like to develop the spiritual practice of silence, I encourage you to set aside some time this week to be alone and quiet. Consider reading a book on this topic, such as
by J. Brent Bill or
Silence: The Power of Quiet
by Thich Nhat Hanh. Seek out the company of others who practice silence.
And consider spending an hour a month with one of our spiritual companions. He or she will help you discover what silence, and many other dimensions of spiritual life, can mean for you. And remember, whatever path you're on, you are welcome here.
Rev Oscar Brockmeyer
Co-Leader, Spiritual Companion Programs
Spiritual Life Center