The Gift of Silence and The Noisy Winds of Life

Silence gives you a wide and deep perspective through which to see and hear…to notice.

Wind on the other hand narrows you and makes you shallow, its sound distracts, it forces you to put up your literal or metaphorical hood for protection.

I was recently blessed with the opportunity to be silent for the better part of a was a little slice of heaven.

The theme of the first day, for me at least, was noticing through prayer. I think I notice what is going on around me and in me, but the winds of daily life usually have me pulling my hood up and limiting my perspective.

After receiving teaching on the role of noticing through prayer, I was able to go on a very long walk. It was incredible. God’s creation was still and bright. No need for my hood. I was noticing! The journey was my home.

The next day I went on the same walk, the wind was blowing. My hood was up and I noticed the difference almost immediately. My perspective was narrow and my thoughts were about getting through the walk and back to the solitude of the retreat center. The world was loud.

I think our daily lives are very similar. One day we feel dialed in. We notice our loved ones, we notice nature, we notice God. Then the next day when the project is due or the evening schedule is tight we put up our metaphorical hoods and miss out on what God has for us in God’s creation.

All of life can be prayer. Take time to notice!

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