Meditation – Enter Silence. Birth Mindfulness
The Buddha and Jesus remind us of the importance of silence, stillness and solitude. The daily disciplines of silence, stillness and solitude are essential for moving from a egocentric existence to a mindfulness-based way of life. An ego-centric existence is life out of balance. A mindfulness-based existence restores right relationships with all creation. All true mystics promote this restoration. Jesus’ unique self-sacrifice is our salvation. In silence we move towards this one true Light.
The majority of people in our post-modern culture have little time for silence, stillness and solitude. Why? With the rise of technocentrism our society is pulled in whatever direction the promoters of new technologies desire. Mindsets, not technology, are the problem. When true wisdom controls the creation and appropriate use of technology – rather than egos untethered from wise-discernment – we’ll experience a new earth. This transformation is simple yet hard work. It’s simple in that it simply demands a refocusing of our attention to the present moment and doesn’t require money or machines. It’s hard in that it requires our divorce from an ego-centric existence before we can fully re-focus and give birth to a mindfulness-based experience. This makes more sense as this process of transformation is experienced. This transformation takes time. Slow is beautiful.
The death of an ego-centric existence is not the demolition of the ego. Rather, it’s relegating the ego to its proper place so that a mindfulness-based consciousness may emerge. Mindfulness is heartfulness. Learn the language of the heart. Embrace inner silence. Know stillness. Enter solitude. ONE WAY, to engage this three-fold daily discipline of silence-solitude-stillness is by an initial commitment to meditation for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. Morning are the best time to begin the discipline of meditation. This commitment expands as we move through our days more mindfully. Enter silence. Birth mindfulness. Enjoy the journey.
anthony glenn miller
Chapter 1 – Tao Te Ching
The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”
This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.” (Isaiah 53:7-8)
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture (from Isaiah) and told him the good news about Jesus.