8. The Silence

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. The 3 elements that most captured my attention in this Station were?

  2. Silence is?

  3. The role silence plays in my life is?

  4. The favorite distractions I use to avoid paying attention to the silence include?

  5. The practices I find helpful in quieting the noise in my mind include?

  6. The practices I find helpful in staying connected to Silence include?

  7. I understand the following quote to mean?

    If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence like the sunlight will illuminate you?. and will deliver you from the phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite you to Ultimate Reality?.
    ?Isaac of Niniveh (4th Century Syrian Monk)

  8. The personal life practices I will now begin or continue as a result of my encounter with this Station include?

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What images, sounds, concepts, or messages caught your attention in this Station? What stuck in your consciousness? What do you remember? (Recreate a group verbal montage of the Station without reflection on specific elements but simply bringing the material back to mind).

  2. What is silence?

  3. What are your favorite distractions that you use to keep from paying attention to the silence?

  4. What exercises or practices do you find helpful to quiet your mind?

  5. What are the practices you find helpful to sustain a connection with Silence?

  6. How does someone ?Pay attention to nothing?? ?Eckhart Tolle

  7. To what practice is this quote pointing?

  8. What is the relationship between silence and noise? How might we practice trusting silence more than noise? How might this change the way we live our lives?

  9. What potential personal practices did you discern from this Station?

  10. What additional questions are raised for you, by the encounter with this Station, that you would like the group to discuss or address now?

One thought on “8. The Silence”

  1. Richard E MacKay says:

    That speaks to me (listen to me) that “silence is the first language of the Mystery”. I experience silence and I love when I am in that awareness, and I want to bring it back and tell about it to others. I suppose that’s why I am a poet – to try to portray in words that experience to others. I would hope that the silence would make itself know with my words. The best poetry does that – I’m not sure if mine does for others what it does for me, but poetry and musical rhythm is part of my practice along with meditation.

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