Elisabeth of trinity about silence
I read years ago about Silence and the importance of it in Andliga skrifter” page 122 from Elisabeth of Trinity a Carmelitan sister living in France at the end of Ninetheenth century. It is remarcable that this sister, who was a talented pianist as a young girl became the “Messenger of the Silence”.
Her vocation was simply prayer, silence, and suffering, “because our Lord lives in our soul, His prayer dwells within us and it is there I want to abide without ceasing, as a little vase at the source and fountain of life”
“Prayer, solitude, praise of glory, silence of the mind and heart are, as many biblical values, dear to Eastern Monasticism, and they culminate in “Esychia” (hence hesychism), that is interior quietude and serenity of the soul which has emigrated to God and found its peace in Him
To be with God, Elizabeth sought silence and solitude. “
“‘I so long for Him!’ wrote Elizabeth, ‘He creates a great void in my soul that only He can fill, and to do that He leads me into deep silence from which I should like never to emerge”
( Source: www.quies.org )
Science about Silence
The importance of Silence is now more and more recognized scientifically.
On my trip to göteborg last week I found a article in Swedish about Silence in the train www.sj.se Magazine by Erica Jakobson with the title
Silence – I try to live!
Erica informs in her article about recent research about silence.
- Two hours silence each day hel develop nerve cells in Hypocampus, the part of the brain that deals with memories, feelings and learning. This is the conclusion of a American research goroup after experimens with adult mice exposed to noice and silence.
- Another study organized by WHO and the EU-commission has found that lo levels of noice increases stress hormone levels, decreased learning hability and even hearth failure.
Victoria Palm grounder of OAS says :
“We know that people restore while sleeping but never thinks about relax during the day. In a world where we are constantly exposed to stimuli, is it impossible for the brain to restore energy.
I were surprised that there were department in the train wagons were people are informed that it is a silent department.
Silence in churches
I look for silence now and then in churches. But the strange this is that most lutheran churches in Seden are closed. When I were in Visby I found however the Dome open. This is a video of its interior. Raise the volume and listen. Do not worry. No stupid sound jokes.
It is very difficult to explain to people why silence now and then is important. Music is for some also a way to approach God, like Morgan Freeman talks about in his youtube documentary about God.