Silence and Solitude

This past Friday I spent a day in Buena Vista, Colorado for a mini Sabbath. While I was with other yoga instructors and able to enjoy community, we had a time of soul care where we were asked to be in silence so we could be present with God. This was probably my favorite part of the day. Although being in silence didn’t mean being in isolation. I spent my time outdoors sitting under the aspen trees watching the leaves dance as they floated to the ground. During this time, I was approached by one person who gave me a smile and an orange. Another friend walked by with a smile and gave me a small token. We were together in silence, and it was beautiful. 

Ruth Haley Barton, in her book Sacred Rhythms, talks about solitude as a place inside herself where her spirit and God’s spirit dwell together. She goes on to say that silence deepens that time of solitude, because it is in silence we are choosing to unplug from the noise around us. 

Healthy rhythms include times of silence so we can be with God in solitude, and allow God to speak to us. Our lives are filled with so much activity that we have lost touch with what it means to sit in silence with ourselves and with God. 

There are many times that I don’t choose to be silent, but when that opportunity is presented it’s often in the silence that I find I’m most fulfilled. Getting away to the mountains is not always easy, but there are ways I can find silence in my daily life. I admit, I’m not perfect and still struggle with my own silence and creating space for God to enter in, but I am working on it. 

Rhythms take time, they take discipline, and they take exploration to find the rhythm that works in your season of life. One way we can practice creating space and silence is through breath prayers. This doesn’t have to be more than a few minutes, but I believe it makes a difference in my day. Breath prayers are something we can come to anywhere at anytime. 

May this breath prayer help center you, so that you find healthy rhythms of silence.

Inhale: In silence I come

Exhale: To experience solitude with you