Silence and stillness. Meditations, contemplations, and quiet moments.
Created 25 Jan 2019
  • Anchor
    06 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    You can support Silentium by being a paid subscriber; becoming a patron; making a donation. I also offer silence coaching, spiritual direction, and courses.
  • What is water?
    05 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    A baby fish asked its mother: What is water? The mother fish, appreciating the wide open wonder of a child, lovingly explained: Honey, you’re in it. Her response may not have been immediately understo...
  • The unbearable silence of God
    04 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    His colors became darker and darker, as if he were bringing us to the threshold of transcendence, the mystery of the cosmos, the tragic mystery of our perishable condition. The silence of God, the unb...
  • There's only one stillness
    03 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    Contemplative John Butler leads an opening silence, then speaks on silence, stillness, and unknowing, in this talk from a recent retreat. You can support Silentium by being a paid subscriber; becoming...
  • In the depths of winter
    02 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. — Albert Camus. This is the voice of realisation, of Truth. The invincible summer is that Truth. Let us be pre...
  • Flight
    01 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    This first day of the year, give yourself twenty five (or just five) minutes of meditative stillness, with Flight, ambient music by Andō. Wishing you a peaceful and still New Year’s Day. More ambience...
  • A secret place
    31 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    There is a secret place. A radiant sanctuary. As real as your own kitchen. More real than that. Constructed of the purest elements. Overflowing with the ten thousand beautiful things. Worlds within wo...
  • The Way of Tea
    30 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescen...
  • Roaring dreams
    29 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Roaring dreams take place in a perfectly silent mind. Now that we know this, throw the raft away. — Jack Kerouac. The Scripture of the Golden Eternity. Kerouac wrote to his former wife: “I have a lot ...
  • Silence of the soul
    28 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Silence can be both that which is outside of us and that which is inside a person. The silence of our soul, which isn’t even affected by external distractions, is actually more crucial but more diffic...
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