Quietude with purpose

Accuracy is something I prize. I’ve actually found a more accurate version of the prayer-poem I posted, and not surprisingly, found that it’s recommended as a labyrinth prayer.

I weave a silence upon my lips.
I weave a silence into my mind.
I weave a silence within my heart.
I close my eyes to distractions.
I close my eyes to attentions.
I close my eyes to temptations.
Calm me, O Lord, as You stilled the storm.
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease.
Enfold me, O Lord, in Your peace.

I like the additional lines. They balance the whole better. One of my purposes for using this kind of meditation is more of a sense of balance. I want to find more balance in my life overall, and intuitively, the best place to start is in my thoughts.

Another thing I’ve… decided, deduced, whathaveyou, is that emptying my mind is not a goal, even an interim goal. I want to quiet my mind, to pull out of the whirling chaos. That’s what closing my eyes to distractions, attentions, temptations is all about.

I do believe that “emptying” your mind is an invitation for unsavory influences, be they simply the baser impluses of my own nature or Satan as many well-meaning fundamentalist Christians would have it. That’s why many people use prayers, mantras, or other focusing tools when using a labyrinth.

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