“The most beautiful thing a person could say about God would be to remain silent from the wisdom of an inner wealth. So, be silent and quit flapping your gums about God,” advises Meister Eckhart, the German theologian born in 1260.
My flapping gums are weary, my jaw aching, my tongue hangs out the corner of my mouth. I have spoken, written, and read far too many words about God. I am after that inner wealth, the wisdom of silence.
For the next two weeks I offer you silence, as I head to the lake and the woods and join a few other word-weary types, who will sit and pray and eat together without flapping our gums.
Will you join us? Will you listen for the crickets and feel the cool breeze off the lake? Will you lift your head one morning and sniff the blooming silence of our prayer?
Will you choose to live from the peace from which you issue? Will you forsake the urgent illusion of your own ego and sink into your being and find your home there?
Of course you will. I’ll meet you in the silence.
Every creature, whether it knows it or not, seeks repose.
– Meister Eckhart