Allow for silence

11.14.2021. An excerpt from John Main OSB, “The Way of Silence” in The hunger for depth and meaning. Ed. Peter Ng (Singapore: Medio Media, 2007), p. 161.

To learn to meditate, you have to learn to be silent, and not to be afraid of silence. [. . . .] 

[W]e don’t have to create silence. The silence is there, within you. What we have to do is to enter into it, to become silent, to become the silence. The challenge of meditation is to allow ourselves to become silent enough to allow this interior silence to emerge. Silence is the language of the spirit. The language of the spirit is love. And the purpose of meditation is to be in the presence of love, the love that, as Jesus tells us, casts out all fear. 


After meditation: “When We Look” by Annie Lighthart in PAX (Newberg, OR: Fernwood, 2021), p. 15.

When We Look

When we look long at one another,

we soften, we relent, listen,


might forgive. We allow for silence

–and when we see each other,


are known, and in that moment

might change


though nothing has moved

or been spoken.


There are some who say

the walls cannot be broken,


but suddenly we are in a free place,

and the fields


that extend from its center

stretch for miles


as if out of the pupil and the iris

of that momentary kingdom.

Image Bonnevaux November 2021

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