Entering the Silence with Purpose

Entering the silence with purpose is just what we do when we have a daily meditation practice. The silence comes between our thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Matthew Kelly, in his book, The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose, has this to say about entering the silence with purpose:

Girl Meditating“Everything great in history has arisen from silence . . . even great noise. Beethoven and Mozart closed themselves off from the world and inhabited silent rooms for days at a time in order to hear things that no one else could hear—sounds so glorious that they themselves would never hear in the midst of the world, and yet sounds that the world would never know if Beethoven and Mozart had not befriended silence.

Befriend silence. I am not suggesting that you spend four, five, six hours a day in silence. Drop by a church during the day when it is empty and quiet. Find a quiet corner and a comfortable chair at home. Leave the radio off in the car on the way to work. Have a television-free evening once a week. Try it. It works.”
~ Matthew Kelly

The easiest way I know of entering the silence is to practice mindfulness of breathing. You’ll find instructions for beginning in this article: First Mindfulness Meditation Practice. Once you become familiar with the process, you can progress to the Second Mindfulness Meditation Practice and so on.

What was your experience when you begin to practice entering the silence? Did you have any difficulty? Don’t worry, with practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

Good Luck!

Books by Matthew Kelly

The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose

Matthew Kelly

In this classic bestseller, acclaimed author and speaker Matthew Kelly offers inspiring, take-charge strategies to help you discover your deepest desires, identify your unique talents, and lead a life filled with passion and purpose.

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