Becoming silent

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As my prayer become more attentive and inward
I had less and less to say.
I finally became completely silent.
I started to listen
– which is even further removed from speaking.
I first thought that praying entailed speaking.
I then learnt that praying is hearing,
not merely being silent.
This is how it is.
To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking,
Prayer involves becoming silent,
And being silent,
And waiting until God is heard.

Søren Kierkegaard, 1813 – 1855, Danish Philosopher

photo miguel virkkunen calvalho

3 thoughts on “Becoming silent

    1. Thank you so much Cilla. It is nice ti hear that the thoughts re helpful. I love your blog and drop in every now and then, and it grounds me in a sense of beauty and quiet, Karl

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