Silence

Grit. Grace. Gratitude. Silence – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

The sound of silence. There’s a ringing in my ear. The hype of  pending holiday. It’s growing very near. This year is very different. The atmosphere’s been changed. There is no joyous noel. The memories remain. The children are all grown now. The house is not a home. There are no loud voices. The mysteries all are gone. The expectation of gifts. The pending anticipation. A melancholy has settled. There is no revelation. I don’t want to buy a present.…

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Small Changes for a Big Year: Choose Silence – Spiritual Article

Editor’s note: This week we’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on small changes for a big year. What if a new year wasn’t about more, but less?We make our lists, our resolutions, our goals.What if we stopped, simplified, slowed down?What if we chose less noise? This year, choose silence. It is a small thing. A good thing. A healing thing.Silence is clean, simple, tender. It is a small choice you can make any time.Silence is a gift to give…

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An Examen of Quiet – Ignatian Spirituality – Spiritual Article

Give thanks. Thank the Lord for all that you see and hear. And then thank the Lord for moments of quiet, brief though many may be. Thank the Lord for what might be revealed in the quiet. Ask for the Spirit. Ask the Lord to help you stop making excuses and start carving out time, even just a few minutes, to be still, present, and quiet. Ask the Lord to help you truly hear and discern. Review…

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30 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from Fulton Sheen — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Author of 66 books, Bishop Fulton Sheen was gifted with an incredible ability to communicate the Truth in a way not too many people can. But he wasn’t just a man of great words. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was also a man of great humor, love, faith, and courage. He lived his life in holiness – reminding us that God is not just a distant memory, but the Truth, the Light, and the Way that is present in each and…

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Contemplation Exercise: Here I Am Prayer – Spiritual Article

Contemplation is the stillness we need to be aware of God’s presence. Jesuit theologian Walter Burghart calls it “the long, loving look at the Real.” It is long because our relationship with God (like our relationships with people) takes time. We must devote ample time to this Person we love. It is loving because we need to shed our judgments and fears and open ourselves to love just as we are. It is a look because we must face it.…

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26 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. John Climacus — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

A seventh-century Greek monk, St. John Climacus (also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus, and John Sinaites),  is the author of the renowned spiritual book called The Ladder, a collection of sayings and examples to illustrate how to live the monastic life.   There is much to say about this holy man and the love he anchored in this world. But my words will do him no justice. Therefore, I will keep silent and let his own words shine light on…

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Remembrance Prayer: A Prayer Exercise from ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

In this remembrance prayer, we look at the crucial choices we’ve made in the past and reflect on them to gain some perspective. It helps us see how our story fits into the bigger picture, where we’ve seen God in our lives, and how perhaps God is communicating with us to show us our purpose. Further, this exercise helps us determine the steps and choices we need to take to move toward that purpose. Paying attention to a memory can…

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Sitting with a Choice: Discernment Through Ignatian Examen – Spiritual Article

Here’s a simple spiritual practice you can do when sitting with a choice you need to make. It’s based on the ancient practice of the Ignatian Examen, a prayer where you take a reflective look at where you are most spiritually energized and where you are least energized (and that’s just one way to do it — there are hundreds of variations, but this one is helpful for discernment). Crafting the Question Let’s say you are trying to decide whether…

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When To Keep Your Mouth Shut and Preserve Your Energy – Self Improvement Article

When someone says a stupid or rude comment in front of you, it’s tempting to want to immediately respond to it. However, often it’s best to just keep your mouth shut and ignore it. Of course, practicing silence is easier said than done. We have a natural impulse to want to defend ourselves when we feel personally attacked or someone says something that offends us. But what good comes when you feel the need to always respond to others or…

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The “Silent Treatment” Is A Sign of a Toxic Relationship

Communication is one of the most important factors in any healthy relationship – whether it’s with family, friends, loved ones, coworkers, bosses, or whomever. And much of the social conflict we experience in our lives is due to some type of miscommunication or lack of communication. One study published in the journal Personal Relationships has identified one pattern that’s common in most negative and toxic relationships. Psychologists looked at over 100 married couples in the U.S. and had them keep…

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