[Reading] ➳ Music of Silence 2 Ed: A Sacred Journey through the Hours of the Day ➻ David Steindl-Rast – Dolove.info
This is a warm and wise little volume, beautiful and useful even to an atheist like me though admittedly I m the kind of atheist who has a curious notalgic fondness for Catholic ritual and a fascination with monasteries Using the canonical hours, also known as the Divine Office, the authors offer what is basically a framework for reflection, mindfulness, and intentional action amid the routine of an ordinary day Frankly, if you are able to read around some of the explicit Christian mythology, or just accept it as metaphor in order to distill the universal insights, it s got a rather zen feel How can you find a rhythm in your routine that prompts you to reflect on things like gratitude, celebration, purpose, crisis, forgiveness, limitations, community And what of silence Well, you can look at how monks have been approaching time and prayer and communal living for centuries and modify the gist into something meaningful for your own life.Sure, it s a self helpy and spiritual book of the sort I don t normally read, but it s beautifully written and brief, and I think most people would come away with enough insight and comfort to make it worthwhile. This is an interesting little book about the symbolism of different angels associated with hours of the day, and it s written by a monk But, I was hoping to learn factual historical information it s a little self helpy. His work feels like poetry rather than prose The economics of affluence demand that things that were special for us last year must now be taken for granted so the containers gets bigger, and the joy of overflowing gratefulness is taken away from us But if we make the vessel smaller and smaller by reducing our needs, then the overflowing comes sooner and with it the joy of gratefulness It s the overflow that sparkles in the sun The less you have, the you appreciate what you ve got With the extraneous stripped away, you begin to relaize how you are being graced by life s gifts Therefore, nothing is needed than frugality When your needs are limited, your vessel is easily filled, and you can delight in the overflow David Steindl Rast Music of Silence A sacred journey through the Hours of the Day page26 Excellent audio book which I wouldn t mind owning as a written text as well, for the sake of all the wonderful quotes This is the second time at least I ve listened to it and it serves as a encouragement to see all work as prayer when properly, i.e., reflectively done It also creates a desire to listen to Chant Last time I remember going out and purchasing a bunch of CDs This time, I just need to get them out and start listening to them again.This book is worth returning to for refresher as needed. A little book with big wisdom. David Steindl Rast, OSB, addresses the need for silence and prayer for those immersed in the secular world and meditates on praying the hours of the day Saturated with information but often bereft of meaning, we feel caught in a never ending swirl of duties and demands, things to finish, things to put right Yet as we dart anxiously from one activity to the next, we sense that there is to life than our worldly agendas Today, even in our busy city schedules, we notice the predawn, early morning, mid morning, and high noon each have qualities all their own Mid afternoon, the time the shadows lengthen, has a different character from the time when it gets dark and we turn on the lights A canonical hour thus is a presence than a measurement The hours that call the monks together for prayer and chant are angels we encounter at different points in the day This book is a journey through the hours of the monastic day To hear the music of silence and to hearken to its message, we must step out of the clock time into the monastic flow of time as expressed through the hours of the day We must forsake our usual unconscious gesture of reaction, and make the aware inner gesture of response to what is before us in each moment With this inner attitude, we will meet the angel of each hour and come to an understanding of the seeds the angel calls us to sow, the virtue the hours calls us to develop in our own lives Steindl Rast meditates on each of the eight canonical hours, the first being Vigils Vigils also known as Matins is the night watch hour, the time for learning to trust the darkness Looking up to the night sky, we are reminded of the immense mystery in which we are immersed Vigils is an invitation to trust in the night , to trust the darkness despite the immense fear it triggers We have to learn to meet mystery with the courage that opens itself to life Then we discover, as the Gospel of John put it right in the prologue, The light shines in the darkness This doesn t mean that light shines into the darkness, like a flashlight shining into a dark tent No, the good news that the Gospel of John proclaims is that the light shines right in the midst of darkness A great revelation the very darkness shines And on Lauds The monastic hour of Lauds takes us out of the darkness, into the light we now celebrate light Lauds, then starts us off with the attitude that the day is a gift, that everything in our life is a gift allowing us to see that the appropriate response to this given world is gratefulness If we cultivate this grateful joy, which find its voice in chant, we can be happy no matter what happens We sometimes get this wrong We think that people are grateful because they are happy But is this true Look closely, and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. How does one live in touch with eternity from day to day How can we enter into Kairos even as we go about our work and busyness in our daily lives In this lovely little book, Brother David Steindl Rast O.S.B breaks open the day into its seasons , each with its own message, grace, contemplation, and action He explains how the Liturgy of the Hours or the angel announcing each hour invites each of us to a contemplative living out of each day.From centering ourselves in the silence before daybreak, to a conscious welcoming of the light, to making an intentional, mindful start to the day instead of just mindlessly rushing along, to finding quiet joy in the labours of the day even when the hours grow long, to a peaceful letting go of the day in the evening and a restful entering into the silence of night this book describes how every person can live with the contemplative wisdom of the Benedictine monks even in the secular world If we learn to heed the angel of each hour , we would be able to live in the present always with eternity in mind.I cannot recommend this book highly enough Excellent Book I had always thought that all of the monastic services were essentially just so many prayer services during the day Even though much of my own practice comes out of the monastic tradition I just figured that there was no way for me to do that many prayer times each day so I did not pay attention to what they were about Steindl Rast took me on a sacred journey through the hours of the day and in the process I learned that each of those hours had a special focus, and they worked together to help us incarnate the spiritual principles into our active lives I still will not be able to practice each of those hours , but I will refer to this book often to discover new ways to live those principles. Music Of Silence Shows How To Incorporate The Sacred Meaning Of Monastic Living Into Everyday Life By Following The Natural Rhythm Of The Hours Of The Day The Book Tells How Mindfulness And Prayer Can Reconnect Us With The Sources Of Joy An Invitation To Join In Quiet Ecstasy, To Rediscover Sacred Rhythms Jack Kornfield, Author Of A Path With Heart This was the kind of book I need to start better knowing David Staindl Rast s work Music of Silence is a beautifully crafted Book of Hours there are so many citations from Rilke s poetry collection too for everyday spiritual path of joy, serenity, inner dialogue with God and ourselves Through this book you can experience gratefulness every our of the day you learn to Stop, Look and Go , according to Staindl Rast s preciuos philosophy of life hour by hour, before dawn until night Since I am deeply interested in the the history and charisma of the Benedictine Order and its interfaith unique approach, I find in this book a starting point of incredible value for a daily spirtual practice in this antique and rich tradition, now available for all.