When we pray we are being prayed in. We meditate to cultivate the simple awareness that whatever we happen to be doing, at any moment, is happening in God, in whom we live and move and have our being.
And if we need help with this, we don’t have to look very far. We all benefit from finding good teachers and a loving community to grow within. But we are living Temples, and the greatest teacher of all is close at hand; the very ground of who we are.
We must practice moment by moment turning back to God, turning from all that ensnares our attention. We must practice to step back from all our words and pictures and sit silently before God. A very simple practice, but not easy and one which takes time to cultivate.
And sometimes we just ought to be silent. Because God is always speaking. In fact he never stops speaking. Each one of us is a word being spoken by God right now, uniquely loved, completely known.
You might say that to shut up sometimes is the least we can do. You might say it is just good manners. You might say that we just need to learn to get out of the way. And a large part of getting out the way comes down to understanding and dealing with our own acquisitive and self-orientated habits.
We need to listen. We need to listen to the Word, so we can give it away in the service of others. We need to see clearly, so we can see our neighbour, the mystery and uniqueness and beauty of their being – so we can see God in our neighbour and our neighbour in God.