Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 22, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from the soon-to-be-published
new book of daily devotions, written by the Rev. Dr.
Sandra Bochonok, called "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time."
Please get out your Bible and read the verse from
Ecclesiastes and Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We
hope you will be blessed.
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Please read Ecclesiastes 3:7
Start with 30 seconds
Silence is the great revelation.
Attaining silence is not easy. Anthony De Mello
writes about the riches of silence in his book
"Sadhana: A Way to God." He suggests ten full
minutes of pure silence are needed to experience
profound insight. Many people discover to their
amazement that they are not accustomed to inner
silence. No matter what we do, it is hard to
still the wanderings of our mind or quiet the
emotional turmoil inside. Others might panic
with inner silence. Do not be discouraged or
frightened. Even our wandering thoughts are a
revelation. If remaining silent for ten
minutes is too difficult, start with thirty
seconds. Build a foundation.
Even two minutes of daily silence can help us
build and grow into increased self-awareness.
Silence reveals our very self to us. Money
cannot buy what the silence will reveal.
Wisdom, serenity, joy, and perhaps even a
sense of the sacred will be ours.
Silence takes work. We must have a comfortable
posture. Close your eyes. Do not expect anything
sensational. Do not seek anything at all. Simply
observe and take in everything that comes to your
awareness, no matter how trite and ordinary. The
important thing is to be aware. As we become
accustomed to silence, the quality of our silence
will improve and our silence will deepen. Revelation
is a mysterious power that can transform us.
God, give me golden moments of silence today. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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