Silent Night Meditation

December 21st, 2011

George Carlin said,

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

Christmas is the perfect time to prepare for the year ahead. Take time to listen to the howling moon and give yourself a break from the noise of the season. I wrote this meditation as a guide to finding the stillness of inner silence.

Spend time in nature, which nurtures the type of inner silence that sustains you through any challenge.

Before beginning, prepare yourself. Clear some space to sit still, be present, become aware of your breath and body, and notice what arises.
Eckhart Tolle wrote in Stillness Speaks,

Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature – the rustling of leaves in the wind, raindrops falling, the humming of an insect, the first birdsong at dawn. Give yourself completely to the act of listening. Beyond the sounds there is something greater: a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought.

A great silent space holds all of nature in its embrace. It also holds you.

Only when you are still inside do you have access to the realm of stillness that rocks, plants, and animals inhabit. Only when your noisy mind subsides can you connect with nature at a deep level and go beyond the sense of separation created by excessive thinking.

Nature can bring you to stillness. That is its gift to you. When you perceive and join with nature in the field of stillness, that field becomes permeated with your awareness. That is your gift to nature.

The meditation follows the seasons of the Christmas story. It can be used as one piece, or over 6 days around Christmas. There is time for silence in each of the 6 sections.

1. Meditating on Conception

Silent space! Holy space! Inner calm, inner light

Every moment in life is pregnant with possibility. You don’t always know how it was conceived. But the miracle of each moment’s  conception awaits your sensual wonder; a new possibility, a new insight, a new wisdom, a new friend. What new birth is awaiting your awareness right now? Say “yes” to now. Say “I don’t know” to mystery. Say “thankyou” to life.
Silent reflection
Holy Life, so tender and wild
Rest in heavenly peace! Rest in heavenly peace.

2. Meditating on Birth

Silent space! Holy space! Inner calm, inner light.

Exposed to the whistling, icy winds of winter, there is an inner warmth that is womb like. It is an all embracing mother nurturing your inner child, folded upon yourself; comfortable, protected, effortlessly supported and fed. Take a rest from all the seeking and striving. Just be. Surrender to the heartbeat and blood flow of the universe. Growth will happen quietly while you think you’re only dreaming, or just indulging yourself in this safe space.
Silent Reflection
Holy Life, so tender and mild
Rest in heavenly peace! Rest in heavenly peace.
3. Meditating on the Solstice
Silent space! Holy space! Inner calm, inner light.
After a long Fall of increasing darkness, the Earth lies in wait for the winter solstice. It’s a time of introspection, grounding, preparation for growth. At the right time, the earth will tilt into the radiant path of greater sunlight and the days will lengthen again. But not a moment too soon. At the right time, you will tilt into the radiant path of greater light; a lighter spirit, a lighter perspective, more light. You will radiate this light to the world. What light is waiting to break into the dark preparations of your inner world?
Silent reflection
Holy Life, so tender and Light
Rest in heavenly peace! Rest in heavenly peace. (Read on for more of the Silent Night Christmas Meditation)

4. Meditating on a Guiding Star
Rumi said,
Grind yourself, strip yourself down to blind loving silence; stay there, until you see you are gazing at the Light with its own ageless eyes.
Silent space! Holy space! Inner calm, inner bright
Many cultures tell stories of mysterious stars that greet the birth of heroes. A star is waiting to greet the miracle that is your life. Do you see it? It brightens the darkest night of your soul, showing the way to your next adventures, showing you how you will be of service to the world. Maybe this path has been a long time in the making, or maybe it surprises you like the first star in the sky; unmistakable and awesome.
Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
And you’ll live as you’ve never lived before
Silent reflection………………………………………………….
Holy Life, so tender and wise
Rest in heavenly peace! Rest in heavenly peace.


5. Meditating on Messengers

Silent space! Holy space! Inner calm, inner light
Angels come to surprise and sustain you. They are messages of love, purpose and guidance. They are thoughts, feelings, words, actions and connections. Sometimes you go in search of angels. Sometimes they find you, disturbing the pattern of your comfortable days, sometimes asking you to change course.Sometimes angels are serendipitous events that stand out for you and remain in your awareness, a beckoning glow, calling you to be more fully alive. Sometimes you wrestle with angels. Sometimes you surrender to their message and meaning.What angelic messages are in your awareness right now?
 Silent reflection………………………………….
Holy Life, so tender and right
Rest in heavenly peace! Rest in heavenly peace.

6. Meditating on Gifts

Silent space, Holy space. Inner calm. Inner light.

The time has arrived. The space in the womb is feeling too small, and you are ready to be a fully integrated, autonomous but connected being in the world. The alchemy is complete. The solstice is here, ready with stars, angels and all manner of earth’s life; learning what it is to live and love, be pregnant, be surprised, be anxious, be peaceful.

All that is left is for you to discern what gifts you will bring; compassion, mercy, courage, justice and care. What gifts will you bring to the world? What gifts will you be for the world?
Silent reflection…………………………
Holy Life, so tender and divine
Rest in heavenly peace! Rest in heavenly peace.

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