I resisted silence for a big part of early 30s. I felt so silenced growing up. Mexican kids aren’t allowed to talk back and the narrative is that we don’t have a voice (as kids or mexicans). To my surprise, when I was introduced to more contemplative spiritual practices, it caused a well of emotions and words to come to the surface. My 30s became a healing time. Whereas I felt silenced from a cultural perspective, the practice of prayerful silence and solitude caused me to have word to share my inner experiences.
Now in my forty’s, I’m wrestling with questions like, “Is this it? Is there more?” And the temptation is to think “THE MORE” is found out there. No manches! It’s found within. So here I am in a new season going back to silence and contemplative prayer to listen and find the little, quiet things of goodness. To be still.
…Eckhart Tolle writes, “True happiness is found in seemingly unremarkable things. But to be aware of little, quiet things, you need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present.” That is the essence of contemplative practice. And that is where our transformation is activated.Heuertz, Christopher L.. The Sacred Enneagram.