Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 19, 2012
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 19, 2012
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! I am exalted among
the nations, I am exalted in the earth."
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 empowering practices.
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
God, give me a word today for centering prayer.
Bring me from sound into silence. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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