Friday, August 11, 2006
Consider Your Ways: Question 4
In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

I am busy ALL the time. At work, I am permanently rushing around seeing patients, arranging and reviewing tests, writing letters, doing paperwork. Even in the quiet moments, I am poised ready to run at the first sound of my bleeper going off. At home, I work, study, read, do housework, write all the time to the background of music or a radio programme. Although I live on my own, I am permanently surrounded by noise, busyness and thoughts. I am never still. Even now, as I write this, I'm on a train on my daily communte, keen not to waste time.

So I am intrigued about the spiritual disciplines of quietness, solitude and silence. Would I manage to be still for an hour, never mind a whole day?

With the help of the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, I am going to take time over the next year to try the tasks it suggests. I have days off next month, so I might even try to go away for a night to give it a go without all the distractions of normal life. Sallie has allowed me to host the Carnival of Beauty in December on the Beauty of Solitude, so I'll hopefully be able to share some of what I have learnt then.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10

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At 15 August, 2006 20:10, Blogger Susanne said...

That sounds like a book that I need! I don't get nearly as much quiet time as I used to (I used to work in a quiet office all day, and now I'm home with two kids!), and I'd like to get back to having a little more. Quiet and stillness help us to focus on what's really important in life and let some other things go. Thanks for the great post and the reminder to take time to just "be still and know!"

 
At 17 August, 2006 23:56, Blogger Susan said...

This year at seminary I will be taking a spiritual disciplines class. I've never thought much about them and so am interested to see what this consists of.

From my current life, I would like to spend time in consistent, prolonged, meaningful prayer. Maybe this class will help me in that area.

Good luck with your journey.

 
At 19 August, 2006 20:55, Blogger Keziah said...

A friend and I have now arranged to go away for a few days next month, so I might try out some of the ideas from the book there.

Susan - come back here or post on your blog to tell us what you learn at your class. Should be really exciting!

 
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