For many meditating during these nights, silence is a theme for yesterday. I am meditating on silence today as I think of the polarity between myself and St. John the Evangelist, whose feast day is today. How do I bring silence and stillness into my life so I can have a more fruitful inner life? I find it hard to deepen that if there is nothing but noise or clutter or chaos swirling around me. So, having time to be home, to not rush, to have space and time is so important. How can I construct the rhythms of my family and of my heart in order to have this space this coming year?
And when do I boldly proclaim the truth in words, the way St. John proclaims the Logos? Do I speak truth when it is needed? Do I do that boldly, tactfully or timidly?
While so many people say they want to quit homeschooling in November and February, I find that a bit ironic for me personally since I perceive those months to be ones of silence and stillness and I love that aspect. Solitude is so different than taking a knowing break to replenish the soul.
How does silence manifest itself in your life? Do you welcome it? How does silence work with courage?