Dearest monks, artists, and pilgrims,
During this Jubilee year of sabbatical we are revisiting our Monk Manifesto by moving slowly through the Monk in the World retreat materials together every Sunday. Each week will offer new reflections on the theme and every six weeks will introduce a new principle.
Principle One: I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation.
Spend some time in quiet reflection on the following questions. You might take out your journal and pen and free-write in response to see what you discover.
What is one thing in your life you could let go of for the next few days to make space for the grace of silence?
In what ways do you experience silence as a presence and fullness in your life rather than the mere absence of noise?
Closing Blessing from Christine
Holy Giver of Silence
Sustain me in these sacred spaces
and embrace me with your presence.
I pause each day to listen to your whisperings
which call me to a deepened way of being.
I enter the quiet and ask for the courage to respond
to what I discover in that tabernacle of time.
With great and growing love,
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE
Photo © Christine Valters Paintner