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Vigilant Listening, So Still

 

““When you pray,” it has been wisely said by an Orthodox writer in Finland, “you yourself must be silent…You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.”  To achieve silence: this is of all things the hardest and the most decisive in the art of prayer.  Silence is not merely negative—a pause between words, a temporary cessation of speech—but, properly understood, it is highly positive: an attitude of attentive alertness, of vigilance, and above all of listening.  The hesychast, the man who has attained hesychia, inward stillness or silence, is par excellence the one who listens.  He listens to the voice of prayer in his own heart, and he understands that this voice is not his own but that of Another speaking within him.”

—Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, “The Power of the Name: The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Spirituality”




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Autumn Equinox Ritual

 

labyrinth

Yesterday, there was an autumn equinox ritual celebrated at the MA Center in San Ramon, California. Lakshmi Collins led us in body prayers invoking the Spirit and qualities of the four directions. We sang, meditated, walked the labyrinth, chanted for peace as we imagined soft white flower petals falling gently upon parts of the earth that need it most. We made the intention of letting go of what does not serve us anymore.
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