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What is the relationship between silence and mystery?
Why is silence such an essential part of spirituality (not just Catholic or Christian spirituality, but indeed all of the great spiritual traditions of the world religions)?
People - Silence - World - Keeps
Why are so many people uncomfortable with silence? And why is it that the world we live in keeps getting noisier and noisier?
What can we do to find more silence in our lives, or to appreciate the silence when we do encounter it?
Noise - Inside - Thoughts - Fears - Anxieties
And what about all the noise inside ourselves: from distracting thoughts, to nagging fears and anxieties, obsessive worries, and the like?
These are just a few of the questions that my good friends Cassidy Hall, Kevin Johnson, and I are (and will be) exploring in our new podcast, Encountering Silence. The three of us met through the work Cassidy did as co-producer of the documentary film In Pursuit of Silence, and began to build a meaningful circle of friendship based on our shared conviction that silence is beautiful, necessary, deeply spiritual, and also endangered in our modern noisy world.
Persons - Faith - Lens - Teachers - Maggie
We are all persons of faith, so naturally we approach silence through the lens of creative spiritual teachers like Maggie Ross or Thomas Merton. But we are also each committed to encountering silence in more than just explicitly religious ways. We share a love for the arts, ranging from photography and film to poetry and fiction. We geek out on anything and everything from Mary Oliver to medieval iconography to Monty Python.
Likewise, we all share a strong commitment to social justice and trying to live by the wisdom of the Beatitudes and other...
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