For each session, a common open and closing thought might be appropriate for you .. use our suggestion if it helps you! This is done silently…. The close is your exit thought — again if it helps you. The scripture will come from the sacred texts of major world religions and spiritual wisdom from writers, artists, and poets throughout the ages …. keep an open mind — wisdom is found everywhere!! We will read this aloud at the end of the 20-minute silent meditation, but give you the opportunity to exit if you desire.
** special note — you will frequently see authors described as “mystics” – do not be put off by this term – it refers to an experiential way of knowing rather than a mere belief system .. this elevated way of “knowing” is called different things in different cultures and traditions but it not the domain of a chosen few – it is available to all!
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. — St Augustine
Let me not forget you as I go forth into the world this day, blessed Lord; may my every word be a prayer, and my every act be testimony to your love and truth, and may I know your presence every second of this day.
Wisdom for Reflection: (today from Sufi mystic Rumi)
There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.