Saturday, March 29, 2008

Join The Presence Gathering Of Worldwide Traditions, Tomorrow, Sunday

Could you please join us for just 10 minutes tomorrow, Sunday March 30th?


Claire Roche and I have concluded our USA performance tour by being present at the Spiritual Director’s International Conference in Washington DC. This has been a wonderful event that we will share in later blogs.


We invite you to gather your friends, family and faith communities around the world to pause for a short time and join us as a worldwide community.


In recognition of the many faith traditions that have been, and still are, represented through Spiritual Directors International we are calling our friends around the world to join us during our closing ritual celebration of the Spiritual Director’s Conference at Washington DC. We will observe ten minutes of prayerful silence to enter into the Presence of the loving kindness and compassion that transforms as faith crosses all traditions.


The exact time of this is between 12:30 to 12:40 pm Eastern Daylight Time tomorrow, Sunday March 30th


We invite you to find out when this time syndicates in your time zone so you may join us using this world clock time service 


This gathering of people around the world for this ritual recalls President George Washington’s words assuring religious freedom and respect to a Hebrew Congregation in 1790, “everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid,”


For the first few moments of this ritual, we will invite you to be alone or with others, to find a quiet space and to meditate upon any of these sayings from various faith traditions:


“Become empty of yourself and realize inner silence.” Lao Tzu  Tao


“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 – Judeo/Christian


“Thus, only true Silence is eternal speech, the Heart to Heart talk.” Swami Satyeswarananda Giri – Hindu


“Be silent that the Lord who gave you language may speak.” Jahal – Al – Din Rumi – Islam


“Silence is a privileged entry into the realm of God and into eternal life. For silence is a language that is infinitely deeper, more far reaching, more understanding, more compassionate, and more eternal than any other language.” Meister Eckhart – Christian


“He (the American Indian) believes profoundly in silence – the sign of perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit.” Ohiyesa – Native American


“When you pray…you yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.” Archimandrite Kallistos Ware – Greek Orthodox


“It is as we join with others in a way that only human beings can, in a shared engagement in a common vision, that we find ourselves in the presence of another presence that is the final source of our hopes and intentions, and that undergirds and sustains them.” Rabbi Judith Plaskow  – Jewish


“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” Thick Nhat Hanh  – Buddhist


The final moments are to be mindfully present to the silence of the world community present, and let the prayer pray itself within you. 


Again, For the exact time in your time zone please check the world clock at this link 

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