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by Michael Smith
‘Silence allows the muddy waters of our minds to clear’ -- Italian poet Rosa Bellino
‘Silence is the great friend of the soul.... make space for it so that it may begin to work for you’ -- John O’Donohue, writing in Anam Cara--spiritual wisdom from the Celtic world
‘In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness’ -- Mahatma Gandhi
‘How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given’ -- Phillips Brooks
‘Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!’ -- John Greenleaf Whittier
‘There is an interior dimension to silence, a sort of stillness of heart and mind which is not a void but a rich space.... silence is the place, the focus, for a radical encounter with the divine.... Chosen silence can be creative and generate self-knowledge, integration and profound joy.... and when it works a stream of bubbles, bubbles of joy, float up around you and rise ahead of you towards some bright surface you cannot yet see clearly’ -- Sara Maitland, writing in A Book of Silence
‘I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us...if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.’ -- Christopher Reeve
'Silence is the gateway to the soul and the soul is the gateway to God.... The goal of the silence is to achieve purity of heart.’ -- Fr Christopher Jamison in the BBC TV series The Big Silence (2010)
'Silence unveils deeper truths... Reverent silence is not a luxury. Indeed the busier we are, the more indispensable it becomes... From the silence wisdom is born.' - Monsignor Roderick Strange, Rector of the Pontifical Beda College, Rome, writing in the Credo column, The Times, 15 January 2011
‘For many around the world, the daily time of silent reflection has become an anchor, and a springboard to action, over the years’ -- Michael Smith, writing in The Sound of Silence
Imagine what the world would be like if we all realised that, in this age of Information, real inspiration comes in times of silent reflection-- a sources of direction, and correction, for ourselves and for the world. In silent reflection lies the potential to create a calmer, more peaceful, more just world.
You can be part of the global community of those who find strength in silent reflection. Commit to taking time out each day to listen to that inner voice--the still, small voice of calm. Begin with 10 minutes. Extend it to 20 minutes, half an hour or an hour each day as you find the need to do so. Write down your thoughts as they come to you, as an aide memoire. Then act on them as you are led to do so. Put right anything that you feel may be wrong in your life. Allow the inner voice of conscience to speak to you. Then see where the journey will lead you. Make silent reflection a daily practice, at dawn, at dusk, any time during the day. The changes it brings may be more far reaching than you imagine.
Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.
Omnia Marzouk, President, IofC International
'Nothing lasting can be built without a desire by people to live differently and exemplify the changes they want to see in society.'