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Sitting In Silence Day 21

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Here are some quotes by Howard Thurman that can be something you can contemplate during your sessions of silence.  They can also be thoughts you reflect upon as you take moments for quiet throughout your day. 

 

Listen to the long stillness: New life is stirring New dreams are on the wing New hopes are being readied: Humankind is fashioning a new heart Humankind is forging a new mind God is at work. This is the season of Promise

 

In whatever sense this year is a new year for you, may the moment find you eager and unafraid, ready to take it by the hand with joy and gratitude.

 

Do not be silent; there is no limit to the power that may be released through you.

 

The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men and women often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making. In a moment of dedication they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires.

 

There is a quiet courage that comes from an inward spring of confidence in the meaning and significance of life. Such courage is an underground river, flowing far beneath the shifting events of one’s experience, keeping alive a thousand little springs of action.

 

The radical tension between good and evil, as man sees it and feels it, does not have the last word about the meaning of life and the nature of existence. There is a spirit in man and in the world working always against the thing that destroys and lays waste.

 

Prayer is a form of communication between God and man and man and God….I am always impressed by the fact that it is recorded that the only thing that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to do was to pray.

 

 Keep up with your regular sessions of silence.  Let me know if you have questions.  Please share any comments or insights you have. 

Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Sitting In Silence Day 20

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There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls

~Howard Thurman

 

Yesterday I posted a quote by Howard Thurman.  In my readings, I found more of the quote.  I think the portion that was missing in yesterday’s quote is a very important part of it. 

This quote is underscoring how important it is to find your center and live from that center.  This world can be crazymaking and if you don’t operate from a solid center within yourself then you are vulnerable to all sorts of fear, anxiety, and confusion.  This is why it’s so vitally important to establish some sort of practice whether you call it prayer, contemplation, sitting in silence, or something else. 

Your practice doesn’t have to be contemplative.  It can involve movement such as walking, yoga, or engaging in your favorite hobby.  As long as it helps you step away from the rush and hubbub and noise of the world and gives you the opportunity to breathe and check in with yourself. 

Regularly checking in with yourself is all you need to do, really.  When you do this, you are better able to stay true to your guiding principles and values.  You’re less likely to be thrown into a tizzy by what’s going on outside of you.  You’ll be able to think calmer and clearer when presented with challenges and difficulties.

Keep up the practice you have established.  Try new techniques as well so that you further customize your practice. 

Let me know if you have questions.  Also, please share any insights you have. 

Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Sitting In Silence Day 19

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There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have.

~Howard Thurman

 

To me, this quote of Howard Thurman’s summarizes the benefits of sitting in silence.  As we talked about earlier this month of sitting in silence, we’re doing this so we can once again tune into our Inner Knowing, the Still Small Voice, our Inner Wisdom, the urgings of our heart and whispering of our soul.

Keep this practice that you started this month.  You’ll be very glad you did.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

 

Sitting In Silence Day 18

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Here is something I’ve been contemplating during my sitting in silence sessions:

You know you live in a small town when you accidentally left your front door unlocked for a week and absolutely nothing happened—even during the day when you were at work and even during the night while you slept.

Wow.

 

I’m very grateful that regardless of what the news outlets tell us, our world is still a safe place.

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Sitting In Silence Day 17

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When you aren’t sure what to focus on during your sitting in silence sessions, try this:

 

All is well and getting better.  Something better is up ahead.

 

 

As you gently repeat that, observe what thoughts and feelings come up.  Also, notice where in your body you feel them.  Just gently notice.  That’s all.

All is well.

Things are getting better.

Something better is up ahead.

Please share this post with your friends and family.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren