The sound of (blessed) silence

How often do we listen for God, hear the thoughts of our hearts, reflect, and pray?Our days are hurried, and that's problem enough. But noise is a real problem too. I'll speak for myself here -- you'll have to weigh how much of an issue this is for you -- but noise for me is nearly constant.My car stereo plays jazz, rock, folk, classical, audio books, and podcasts, but it always plays. My iPhone often doubles as a Spotify and Pandora jukebox when I'm not talking, and my iPod spins the … [Read more...]

Prayer and the workday

The Financial Times recently ran a piece on the value of meditation in the workplace. The article quotes several corporate managers discussing why and how they and their companies incorporate meditation at the office. “It helps you to get perspective and organise your thoughts,” says Jon Jagielski of Medtronic in an opinion echoed throughout the piece.“There’s a need to reduce stress in the workplace and meditation is the best technique I know," says Richard Geller of MedWorks, a company that … [Read more...]

Escape the busyness and find inner calm

"The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness," said Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset in his book Mission of the University: "it is always urgent, 'here and now' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank."Another philosopher and artist, Wyndham Lewis, saw the problem this way: "Everything in our life today conspires to thrust most people into . . . a sort of trance of action," he said in the 1957 preface to his book Time and Western Man. … [Read more...]