Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 19, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 19, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.
Sound and silence
"Be still, and know that I am God."
Sound and silence can help guide us into stillness
and rest. Sound shapes and guides life. Drums,
bells, and musical instruments have been used as
meditation tools for a long time. Beethoven is
credited with saying, "Music is a fuller way to
God than words" (Edwards, Tilden. "Living in the
Presence," p. 34). A friend's favorite saying is,
"The key to maintaining the rhythm of life is
resting at the right time." Sound and silence can
help us rest and develop inner empowerment. Music,
with its mixture of sound and silence, can inspire
us to journal or create our own spiritually
We also experience the power of vibrations in nature
through wind, rain, and the sounds of birds and
animals. Many spiritual communities in both the
Eastern and Western worlds use chant for meaningful
and powerful experiences.
Simple resonant words are especially effective in
guiding us from sound into silence. Often they
have "ah" and "om" sounds. Words such as shalom,
om a hum, Abba, Amma, Yeshua, Adoni, holy, amen,
and alleluia are simple words that are easy to use
in chant and centering meditation.
Meditating on different names for the sacred can be
an important step toward claiming spiritual empowerment.
Gandhi was famous for using this spiritual technique
and recommended it highly to his followers as he
worked for justice using nonviolent principles.
God, give me a word today for centering prayer.
Bring me from sound into silence. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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