Reflection: The Challenge of Finding Silence

By Heather Steranka-Petit

In our busy and non-stop lives, silence is one of the hardest things to come by.

Either you’re at work, in your car, or at home, and chances are there are at least 20 different things going on around you all at once. When you arrive home from work in the evening, there is always someone who needs to talk about their day – it could be a child talking about a test at school; a spouse talking about their crazy boss or a friend who just needs someone to listen. 

And all of this is wonderful, but sometimes all you want is silence.

Silence is a true rarity in our lives, which is why we need to take every opportunity to engage in it.

Sometimes it’s a visit to a park in the middle of the day.

Sometimes it’s the silence of your home after everyone else has gone to bed.  

Sometimes it is just standing in the shower as the water drowns out the sounds of the world.

It’s in the silence that we can feel closest to God.

It’s in the silence when we can focus on our breath and our heartbeat.  It’s in silence where we have time to think and to pray.

It’s in the silence that we can stop speaking and take time to listen to what the universe is telling us.  

Author Heather Steranka-Petit shared this reflection at a Circle Cities With Love committee meeting. We begin each meeting with a reflection to prepare our minds for the work ahead.

Experience the power of silence as a community. Join Heather and others on Sunday, July 29, for Circle Cities With Love – Cleveland between 2 and 4 p.m. at Voinovich Park, East 9th Street Pierce (north of Rock Hall). We’ll spend 3-3:30 p.m. united in the power of silence.

Registration is free – sign up todayYou also can order CCWL car stickers and T-shirts on the site.

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