The Peace of Silence – Celebrating My 600th Blog Post!

by Mark Votava

  • So beautiful

images (37)Silence, you are so beautiful. You nourish my body. You help me to live from a place of love and compassion. I have never known anything so beautiful.

  • Longing for you

Longing for you makes me happy. Peace lives with me at the remembrance of you. Never leave me. I need you so much.

  • Gifts of wisdom

Without you my true self cannot live. I cry out for you in the day and throughout the night. You bring to me your gifts of wisdom. You are the light in my eyes.

  • Changing myself

The great sufi mystic Rumi writes, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

  • No more changing the world

art-projects-for-kids-2No more changing the world. No more changing others. No more frustration and angst at the thought of you. I want to dream of you.

  • Mindful and aware

I want to be mindful and aware of you throughout my days. May I live and die in silence. May your truth lead me to care for myself.

  • Done with being clever

I am done with being clever. I am done with trying to figure things out. Being lost is okay with you. There are no more words to be addicted to. I want to rest in you in everyday life.

  • Living with courage

I search for your wisdom, to live in my true self. The false self is fading away at your sight. You are authentic and kind. May I carry you with me as I live my life with courage.

  • Don’t abandon me to my false self

Don’t abandon me to my false self. I need your beauty to light my eyes. You are subversive and shatter the status quo. How I miss your touch when I ignore you by my fast paced life.

  • Not much of anything in the noise

Everything is so fast and busy. I am done with all of that. I desire your peace and comfort. There is not much of anything in all the noise.

  • Authenticity, honesty, vulnerability, and humility

Teach me of authenticity, honesty, vulnerability, and humility. You are a friend. You are the most beautiful nourishment I have found. There is peace in you.

  • Dry my tears

Dry my tears and help me to cope with my pain. I trust in you. There is no one else. I am running to you with grace and hospitality.

  • You live within me

You always seem to be kind to me. In all kinds of ways you are near, you are present. You live within me all the time. I am truly grateful for all your wisdom and gifts.3816206-Bamboo-leaves-over-abstract-blurred-background-Stock-Photo-buddhism-bamboo

  • Worth more than money

You are worth more than money. I happy to know something of you. You show me gifts of compassion within myself. I will never forget you.

  • No efficiency or productivity

You are beautiful to me. I am pausing to embrace you. Just doing nothing is so good for me. Because there is no efficiency, productivity, and accumulation of money, many think you are a waste of time, but I don’t care about all of that.

  • The revealer of my true self

You are worth more than money to me. I long for you with my whole self. You are the revealer of my true self. For that I am grateful all my days!

Have you embraced silence today?

My new book The Mystical Imagination: Seeing the Sacredness of All of Life (2015) is finally done! It is available on kindle and paperback!

“Our crowded, overly-consumed, hyper-active, digitally-addicted lifestyle is draining the life out of us. We are desperate to transcend the chaos and find a better way to live. We need a mystical imagination. Get ready to be transported into the depths of meaning as Votava breaks open the contemplative path and shows you how to live your life to the fullest.” Phileena Heuertz, author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life and founding partner, Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism

My first book The Communal Imagination: Finding a Way to Share Life Together (2014) is available on kindle and paperback also!

“Inside everyone there is a longing for community, to love and be loved. We are made in the image of a communal God. But in our hyper-mobile, individualistic, cluttered world… community is an endangered thing. And community is like working out – it takes work, sweat, discipline…  without that our muscles atrophy. Everybody wants to be fit, but not too many people want to do the work to get there. Mark’s book is sort of a workout manual, helping you rediscover your communal muscles and start building them up slowly. It is an invitation to live deep in a shallow world.”  Shane Claiborne, author and activist