Transforming Silence


A daily practice of stillness and quiet…will change your life.

(Listen to my song “Breathe On Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Luke 6:12

In those days he departed to the mountain to pray and he spent the night in prayer to God.


It’s amazing to me that…at least in my upbringing in Christianity and more specifically Catholicism, there was virtually no training in contemplative prayer.

We were pretty exclusively taught to recite written prayersover and over. It was a completely left-brained exercise.

Despite that, I remember at an early age talking to God interiorly…as though God was very close.

It wasn’t until well into my adult years that, through reading the works of the likes of Thomas Merton and Richard Rohr…that I discovered contemplative prayer.

Instead of doing all the talking…we were actually supposed to listen.

We were supposed to be silent. This was a right-brained exercise.

How could we miss the example that Jesus often gave us in scripture when he would go off to the mountain or a deserted place to pray…or especially when he specifically taught his followers to pray by going to their inner room, closing the door, and to not use many words (Matthew 6:6-8).

Have you tried this?

You don’t need a mountain…you only need a special place by yourself.

You only need the solitude of the present momentminus your thoughts.

A practice of setting aside 20 minutes each day to sit in silent openness to God will change your life for the better. It changed mine.

You will find a new inner peace and purpose.

God speaks in silence.

And remember…God’s voice will always be a voice of love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion.


Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On Me” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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