PRAYER OF THE HEART IN THE WORDS OF
has sketched the journey to the realm of one’s heart, the abode of the Divine, through the prayer of the
heart (meditation) involving silence, stillness and simplicity. Other ways to the heart lie outside the scope
of this website. They include setting aside one day a week for physical and spiritual rejuvenation; spending
time in nature, appreciating its sacredness and interconnection; and in compassion offering oneself to others
remaining part of the website continues the theme of entering the heart in the reflections of a variety of
spiritual writers. There is material for both newcomers on the journey and seasoned pilgrims.
quotations are organized as follows:
SILENCE addresses the need for
simplicity, silence and stillness in our Western world
increasingly characterized by noise, clamor, and complexity. Ever-present distractions lure us into stressful
living. Practical tips for achieving greater tranquility include: remembering that the human spirit needs
quietness to thrive; getting away for a while; learning the art of silence; exploring meditation; and trying
to live in a creative and meditative way.
SIMPLICITY focuses on simplifying life. It begins by showing simplicity
as the essence of spiritual practice and suggests ways of cultivating it. Important is the childlike mindset
behind simplicity. A simplified life brings freedom from the tyranny of the ego, as well as peace,
contentment, and humility. The simplicity of the Desert Fathers and
Mothers is also instructive.
MEDITATION presents a way to
achieve silence and stillness – the path of meditation, or prayer of the heart. In the silence, stillness, and simplicity of meditation, one begins to experience the
inner quietness of the heart. The outcomes of regular meditation over a period of time include greater
serenity, peace, and joy. This section specifically touches on the
discipline and simplicity of meditation as well as the practice of repeating Scripture in the silence of the
AWARENESS deals with developing an awareness of the Divine presence within, in the
depth of our being, through meditation.
ENCOUNTER touches on encountering God. It explains how in silence,
stillness, and solitude, we may perceive the voice of love in our heart. Moreover, God speaks in diverse
situations and one may become aware of Divinity in daily living. Such encounters with God are always by
RESPONSE addresses our hearing
and responding to the Divine presence. It shows the need to guard
the life of the Spirit within and what it means to be totally abandoned to God in our response to him. The
section also deals with the ministry of divine silence and how in heartfelt listening the heart is
reached. It concludes with the ultimate test of the practice of meditation: growth in
photographic images from natural settings are intended to augment reflection on the principles found in the
Many of the 49
selections lend themselves to pondering, with their meaning unfolding over time. One way is to take a text
each day, read it before or after meditating, and then let the thoughts nurture the mind during the day.
(Meditation group leaders may find that sharing a passage with their group provides a springboard for
follow-up conversation after meditating.)
thoughts shared on this website bring us into the sacred and silent sanctuary of our hearts where the divine
Spirit of life, light, and love is ready to lead us into greater joy and fullness of life.
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