Jewish Journal

A Moment of Silence

by Beit T'shuvah

August 20, 2013 | 11:54 am

By Lance Wright

The ability to sit and be silent with oneself is a gift. I just returned from a three-day spiritual retreat in the desert where I was again reminded of the gift of silence, apart from the hectic pace of everyday life. Sitting, listening to the wind blow through the bushes and trees, hearing crows and other wild life, taking in the night sky full of stars and wonderment…To simply be present in the moment, in the silence, with an openness and appreciation for the Creator…Peace and serenity.

How often I forget this gift in my daily life. Finding those brief moments of reprieve where I can be silent with the Creator and take in the peace those moments bring are few and far between in the business of my life. Two Jobs, an internship for my school, sponsees, a few hours of sleep here and there, and the occasional afternoon visit to the golf course or beach are the norm…But what about simply being present in the moment, in the silence, with an openness and appreciation for the Creator.

I begin anew the journey after such a refreshing weekend with a renewed sense of making time to sit quietly in the moment, listening and appreciating the gifts of life. Perhaps some of you are finding a piece of this blog rings true for you in your life. I invite you into a moment of silence this week, a moment to take in the gifts of life, to sit before the Creator and embrace the peace and serenity it brings.

To the gift of sitting in silence, in appreciation, before the Creator I say Amen.

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