A State of Alert Stillness

“When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose touch with the world.”
-Eckhart Tolle
Stillness Speaks

Prayerful silence is more than a lack of words; it is a state of alert stillness. The point is not to rest, but to concentrate and focus the heart and mind on God. Beneath the appearance of passivity is an active state of attentiveness. Silence is an expression of love and strength. Within the silence of our hearts lies a mystery beyond our hearts. In deep silence, we are fully awake, fully open and one with God. To enter the silence of meditation is to enter our own poverty as we renounce our concepts and intellect and sit alert, waiting to hear from God…even if we must wait a lifetime.

Prayer helps us transcend our preoccupation with the self, and teaches us how to embrace the other. Grace prompts us to pray, and praying opens us up to even more grace. Our journey to God begins in earnest when we still our senses, desires and mind. In stillness, real movement begins. Stillness stills unruly passions. Contemplation quiets our restless, relentless quest for sensual pleasure. The cornerstone of the spiritual life consists of: stillness, prayer, love and self-control.

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1 Response to “A State of Alert Stillness”


  1. 1 Will Law December 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I find your daily posts a solace and inspiration, thank you.

    Will Law


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