Dating sire senior
Stillness is intimately related to speech and the word.The word is a thing of mystery, so volatile that it vanishes almost on the lip, yet so powerful that it decides fates and determines the meaning of existence.There is sometimes a pause in the midst of a lecture or a service or some public function.Almost invariably someone promptly coughs or clears his throat.I would even suggest that preparation for holy stillness really begins the day before.Liturgically, Saturday evening already belongs to the Sunday.We must learn and practice the art of constructing spiritual cathedrals. Not for nothing do these reflections on the Liturgy open with it.If someone were to ask me what the liturgical life begins with, I should answer: with learning stillness. Our understanding of stillness is nothing strange or aesthetic.
People are often heard to say: “But I can’t help coughing” or “I can’t kneel quietly”; yet once stirred by a concert or lecture they forget all about coughing and fidgeting.
He is experiencing stillness as a breach in the unwinding road of speech and sound, which he attempts to fill with something, anything.
For him the stillness was only a lacuna, a void that gave him a sense of disorder and discomfort. Stillness is the tranquillity of the inner life, the quiet at the depths of its hidden stream.
If — for instance, after suitable reading — we were to collect ourselves for a brief period of composure, its effects the next day would be evident.
Thus far we have discussed stillness negatively: no speech, no sound.