We have a tendency to complicate things. Sometimes the simplest is the most profound. And so it is with prayer. Psalm 46 sums it up beautifully, `Be still, and know that I am God`. So simple! And so difficult in today`s noisy craziness.
Mystics and saints have sought to find God in the inner stillness of their being. Exterior silence is not necessary. The true mystic can hear the voice of God on the busiest of street corners. But for most of us, outer silence is needed to begin that inward journey. In order to truly listen, we need to tune out all the other competing noises.
For those of us who love our technologies, the simplest action is to unplug. Close the computer. Put away the head-phones. Turn off the TV and radio. Put the cell phone on mute. Then go for a quiet, meditative walk and tune in to the small wonders around you. Or light a candle and enjoy the peace that a single flame can bring into a room.
Silence…so simple, and so sacred.