1. Be Still And Know
One of my retreats for religious leaders this year
took place in Vermont. The setting was magnificent:
a lake-side resort surrounded by majestic mountains.
A lasting image from my experience that weekend
is the mountains reflecting perfectly in the mirror
of the still morning lake. The reflection was so vivid
that there appeared to be mountains in the lake itself.
The motionless lake allowed for a clear, undistorted
reflection of the mountains. Similarly, stillness and
silence can grant us greater clarity about who we are
and what we really want out of life. Psalm 46:10 invites
us to be still and know that God is God. That benefit
of stillness is miraculous enough. But, not only do we
learn more about God in stillness, we learn more
Here is a simple 3-step "soul-listening" exercise you can do
in order to gain greater clarity about life-purpose and direction.
Allow yourself 15-20 minutes for an unrushed, more deeply
insightful and rewarding experience. You will need something
to write with, and a card or sheet of paper.
1. Be Still. Take a moment to get comfortable and be silent.
Empty yourself of all thoughts. Resist paying attention to
any sounds you may hear. One way to hold the silence
is to view your mind as a VCR machine and simply press
the pause button.
2. Listen. After 2 or 3 minutes of silence, begin to listen
for sounds. Note what you hear mentally or on a card or
sheet of paper.
3. Listen to Your Soul. Turn your focus to your soul. Ask this
question: What do you desire most of all? Don't force a
response. Pay attention to what enters effortlessly into your
mind, and write it down.
Many of the answers we seek are inside of us. The French
philosopher Blaise Pascal said, "All of [our] miseries stem
from our inability to sit quietly in a room and do nothing."
Be still and know....
"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose
"If you relax into the quiet center of your being,
your own awareness will notice every wink of the mystery
that comes your way."
"If the only prayer you say in your whole life is 'thank you,'
that would suffice."
3. Take an "It is Well Break."
You may be reading this in the middle of a busy work-day.
If you can, right now call a time-out. For the next 5-10 minutes,
relax your body and mind. Forget about all current strains and
struggles, and fill yourself with gratitude for simply being alive.
Be your own peacemaker by thinking, "It is well."
Kirk Byron Jones
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