I resented my need for silence. I wanted to listen to the radio or the television. I wanted to make noise.
I was forced to lie still for most of the time.
I resented my need for stillness. I wanted to keep busy. I had things I wanted to do. And I wanted to distract myself from the unpleasant thoughts in my mind.
I was living for the 5 or 10 minutes in the hour where I was able to be a little active. I was living only part of my life.
Of course, many people choose stillness and silence:
Some people choose to live in a monastery or a convent.
Some go off and live in a spiritual community that builds times of silence into each day.
Many more people simply build silence and stillness into their life whilst continuing to live a more conventional life.
Others find out how to be still and silent. I knew it must be possible for me to do the same.
In fact, if I was serious about my spirituality - my relationship with God, I realised the times of stillness and silence may well turn out to be the most important times.
I had been ill for many years before I realised I needed to choose stillness and silence.
Spiritual Relaxation Techniques for Finding Peace:
We are willing to be still and silent:
If we knew how to find peace, we would have done so.
A prayer to rest in God and know God’s peace is a prayer of surrender.
It is a prayer that recognises we don’t know how to set about finding peace. Instead of trying, we say a prayer of willingness and invite God to guide us.
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