In nature we find silence — the trees, flowers, and grass grow in silence. The stars, the moon, and the sun move in silence.
Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere — in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.
~Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World
This morning, I received the gift of waking before my daughter. It gave me the opportunity to commune with Silence before the day began. Silence came to me as a tea kettle bubbling on the stove, a cardinal chirping for fresh food, and a cat purring by my side. Silence cleared my mind of t0-do lists and filled it with just-be intentions. I breathed. I listened. I meditated. I prayed.
I quietly drank my green tea by the window instead of carrying it around the house while beginning projects. I gazed down on my little farm and appreciated the food that God and I had grown together. I glanced over by the coop and smiled as I thought about how the chickens had enriched our lives.
And I sat. Just sat with my eyes closed, listening to Silence and the secrets she wanted to share this morning–my heart and spirit being prepared for what lies ahead on the journey.
[if you are interested in reading an excerpt from Mother Teresa’s essay, click here: http://www.newworldlibrary.com/ArticleDetails/tabid/230/ArticleID/168/Default.aspx]