It is surprisingly difficult for us to handle silence. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) the brilliant French mathematician and philosopher famously wrote, “all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, they cannot stay quietly in their own room.”

Silence, solitude, and a deep relationship with God though His word are often in competition with an inner restlessness, worry and anxiety.

How do we tap into the wisdom of silence? In this podcast, Sunil and Elliot discuss the power of solitude, and what we can find when we can comfortably sit in silence.

Silence and solitude are vital for true, lasting spiritual growth. If solitude is the practice of being absent to people and things to attend to God, silence is the practice of quieting every inner and outer voice to attend to Him. The problem is that being present is difficult for us, in a world full of so many distractions – so much more than the time of Pascal!

So how do we maintain this state of being present and living with clarity? In this podcast, Sunil discusses his own struggle with depression and sitting in silence. He also gives us two short stories about patients who were transformed by the awareness of God coming into their lives in their silence and solitude.

Questions to ask yourself:
Have I learned about “the peace that passes all understanding”?
Do I understand what the psalmist actually means when he says, “Be still and know that I am God”? (Psalm
46:10)