After many months of a chaotic schedule, I’m finally returning to my practice of centering prayer, taking time out each day to practice presence to the Real Presence through a period of exterior and interior silence.
It’s not that the chaos has sorted itself out—we still have “miles to go before we sleep” (for you Robert Frost lovers) on this basement renovation project. It’s just that this feeling of chaos and busyness has me realizing just how much I need the silence, and not later on vacation when all is done—right now.
And so, I practice.
Rumi, the Sufi mystic and beloved poet, says this about leaving the chaos behind in favor of quietness, and I read it this morning as I entered into silence (which, as Rumi seems to describe, always feels like surrender):
Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.
You’re covered with a thick cloud.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you’ve died.
Your old life was a frantic running
The speechless full moon
comes out now.
How will you surrender to silence this week?
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