Silence #2

If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person.  He no longer lives as a man.  He becomes a kind of automaton, living without joy because he has lost his spontaneity.  He is no longer moved from within, but only from outside himself.  TM, Silent

Prayer is … not just a formula of words, or a series of desires springing up in the heart – it is the orientation of our whole body, mind and spirit to God in silence, attention, and adoration.  All good meditative prayer is a conversion of our entire self to God.  TM, Thoughts

living in a silence which so reconciles the contradictions within us that, although they remain within us, they cease to be a problem.  TM, Thoughts

Contradictions have always existed in the soul of man.  But it is only when we prefer analysis to silence that they become a constant and insoluble problem.  TM, Thoughts

silence teaches us to know reality by respecting it where words have defiled it.  TM, Thoughts

When we have really met and known the world in silence, words do not separate us from the world nor from other men, nor from God, nor from ourselves because we no longer trust entirely in language to contain reality.  TM, Thoughts

For language to have meaning, there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word and utterance from utterance. TM, Disputed

Since nothing that can be heard is God, to find Him we must enter into silence. TM, New Seeds

the silence of the forest is my bride and the sweet dark warmth of the whole world is my love, and out of the heart of that dark warmth comes the secret that is heard only in silence, but it is the root of all the secrets that are whispered by all the lovers in their beds all over the world.  TM, Dancing

From the silence of the valley I can learn that certain questions do not need answers of mine.  TM, Learning

Pessimism – from lack of silence (in my own life).  TM, Learning

The deep inner sustaining power of silence.  TM, Learning

The immature person, when forced to be silent, tends to experience his inauthenticity and has no escape from it.  Communication with others, even about nothing, at least offers some diversion. TM, Contemplation

God spoke His eternal word in silence, and He wishes us to receive His words in silence. TM, Monastic

If we are merely speculative students of Scripture, breaking the words of God up into scientific fragments and deafening our spirit with the noise of human argument – which is too often the noise of the ‘flesh’ with its spirit of factions and divisions – then we cannot hear the word who speaks to us silently in the words of God. TM, Monastic

the mercy of God is not heard in words unless it is heard, both before and after the words are spoken, in silence.  TM, Monastic

Christianity is a religion of the Word.  The Word is Love.  But we sometimes forget that the Word emerges first of all from silence. TM, Love