Thursday, 16 October 2008

Still Chasing Silence

I wrote recently about seeking silence, and so many things getting in the way. Well, the main thing taking up my time - making the flowers for my friend's daughter's wedding - is finally done. They collected them today. So I have one less excuse.

I have a new one to replace it, though. I am getting more tired these days. When I think of sitting in silence, I'm convinced I will fall asleep. Very spiritual, that! As I get tired, I feel more under pressure, and I need to escape that.

I'm sharing this because I am convinced that I am not the only one. We all need it.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

The Sound of Silence

I have mentioned before that I am reading a book by the Abbot of Worth Monastery, called Finding Sanctuary. In this often frantic, stressful world we could all do with a bit of sanctuary, and we often try to find it in holiday destinations, but we have to come home again. The kind of sanctuary we really need is a peace and stillness within, which we can carry with us all the time.

I spoke previously about getting rid of busy-ness. I am now looking at silence. You know how, when you go on a diet, the first thing that happens is that you crave all the things you're not allowed to have? Well, as soon as you try to find silence, you get more noise.

Ever since I decided to take time out each day just to be silent, life seems to have got busier. And if I do grab a moment, my mind races, and fills with all the concerns of the day. I really can't believe it. I'm determined to overcome and do this thing. I think it's important for me. Any suggestions will be seriously considered, as long as they don't conflict with my faith. I will keep you posted.