“The one journey that ultimately matters is the journey into the place of stillness deep within one’s self. To reach that place is to be at home; to fail to reach it is to be forever restless. At the place of central silence, one’s own life and spirit are united with the life and Spirit of God. There the fire of God’s presence is experienced. The soul is immersed in love. The divine birth happens. We hear at last the living Word.”
Gordon Cosby from the forward to ‘Search For Silence’ by Elizabeth O’Connor
Setting aside time for a regular quiet day is a spiritual practice recommended by many as a necessity for growing in relationship with God. It provides an opportunity to draw near and rest in the Love in which we “live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) This nurtures an awareness of and responsiveness to God’s presence active in our lives.
A day steeped in stillness and silence provides opportunity to discover God in new ways and allows our head knowledge to be complemented by a heart experience of God. Esther de Waal (in Living with Contradiction) says; “What matters on this journey towards God is not what I can achieve but what I am willing to receive.” A quiet day provides the space to let go of those things that separate us from God and fill with what God wants to give us.
If you would like to cultivate a spaciousness of heart, an openness to the grace and mystery of God’s love in your life, set aside time today for a quiet day.
The Centre offers a quiet day every month on the first Friday of the month in Cape Town and on the first Saturday of the month in Stellenbosch.
For more information on any of our courses (dates, bookings, payment etc.), please contact the office at +27 (0)21 686 1269, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.