‘…. the best prayer is a wordless prayer. Absolutely no words. Nothing. Just expanding into the wide expanse around you and beyond the earth to the universe. Its giving. Just give. And just be quiet and merge…’Swami Shraddhananda
“If you ever lie down and look up at the sky when there is no moon, but all the stars are around. Then what do you feel? It is that feeling.”Swami Shraddhananda on wordless prayer
My God, I pray better to You by breathing.I pray better to You by walking than by talking.”Thomas Merton,Dialogues with Silence.
“Silence is the first language of God; all else is a poor translation.”Thomas Merton
up there is prayer without words,surrounded by spirits of caring”~ Old Man For His People by Harold Littlebird
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” Swami Sivananda quotes
‘When you pray,’ it has been wisely said by an Orthodox writer in Finland, ‘you yourself must be silent. . . . You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.’ To achieve silence: this is of all things the hardest and the most decisive in the art of prayer. Silence is not merely negative — a pause between words, a temporary cessation of speech — but, properly understood, it is highly positive: an attitude of attentive alertness, of vigilance, and above all of listening. The hesychast, the person who has attained hesychia, inner stillness or silence, is par excellence the one who listens. He listens to the voice of prayer in his own heart, and he understands that this voice is not his own but that of Another speaking within him.
the path of inner prayer is exactly indicated in St John the Baptist’s words about the Messiah: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’(John 3:30). It is in this sense that to pray is to be silent. ‘You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak’ — more precisely, let God speak. True inner prayer is to stop talking and to listen to the wordless voice of God within our heart; it is to cease doing things on our own, and to enter into the action of God.
 To pray is to stand before God, to enter into an immediate and personal relationship with him; it is to know at every level of our being, from the instinctive to the intellectual, from the sub-to the supra-conscious, that we are in God and he is in us.~Bishop Kallistos-Ware
“We must move beyond the level of mental prayer: talking to God, thinking
about God, asking God for our needs. We must go to the depths, to where the
spirit of Jesus himself is praying in our hearts, in the deep silence of his union
with our Father in the Holy Spirit.”Laurence Freeman, OSB, Christian Meditation, Your Daily Practice
“Meditation, sitting in silence, is a prayer of faith. You totally let go of being in charge, which is different from what most prayer is about, because as long as we use words, we are in control. Most of us as Christians have been trained that prayer is talking to God. We feel the responsibility to do something, to be active when we pray, but in meditation, you enter it with the idea that you will let the Spirit transform you. You don’t talk, you listen.” – Sister Barbara Hazzard
He said: “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord,for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind,so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake, and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence—and then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here Elijah?” —I Kings: 19:11-13
“Move beyond words into wordless contemplation. Prayer in its higher form meant not simply moving beyond words; it meant the ‘stripping away of thoughts.” By Christopher A. Hall Worshiping with the Church Fathers
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
Thus the beginning of the spiritual journey makes use of the cataphatic path of seeing God in the good things of his good creation and in vocal prayer, but the end of this journey is to come into deep union with God through the more advanced apophatic path of finding God in renunciation of the unnecessary pleasures of this world and in wordless mystical prayer.~Fr. Steven Scherrer
Once one has gone a certain way, seeing God in all things, in the good things of his creation, to go farther, it is the apophatic, ascetical-mystical path—the path of renunciation and silence, the path of silent mystical prayer—which will take us to the top of the mountain. ~Fr. Steven Scherrer
We also need to hold in our memory the good things, the gifts that God has given us; we need to be attentive to the positive signs that come from God, and remember these. Therefore, we are speaking about a kind of prayer that the Christian tradition calls “mental prayer.” We are more familiar with vocal prayer, and naturally the mind and heart must also be present in this prayer, but today we are speaking about a meditation that does not involve words, but that is rather a making contact of our mind with the heart of God.
And here Mary is a true model. The Evangelist Luke repeats numerous times that Mary, for her part, “kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” She keeps them; she does not forget. She is attentive to all that the Lord has said and done to her, and she ponders; that is, she makes contact with diverse things — she dwells deeply upon them in her heart.Pope Benedict XV, Aug. 17 catechesis at his papal residence in Castel Gandolfo.
So how has God wired you for listening? Does a sunset leave you breathless? The still, small voice is speaking—can you hear it? Does the swell of an anthem bring tears to your eyes? The still, small voice is speaking—can you hear it? Does the cry of a child in need call to you? The still, small voice is speaking—can you hear it? Linda Douty.
“Contemplative Prayer immerses us into the silence of God. How desperately we in the modern world need this wordless baptism!Progress in intimacy with God means progress toward silence.”Richard Foster
A bare impersonal hush is now my mind,
A world of sight clear and inimitable,
A volume of silence by a Godhead signed,
A greatness pure, virgin of will.
Once on its pages Ignorance could write
In a scribble of intellect the blind guess of Time
And cast gleam-messages of ephemeral light,
A food for souls that wander on Nature’s rim.
But now I listen to a greater Word
Born from the mute unseen omniscient Ray:
The Voice that only Silence’s ear has heard
Leaps missioned from an eternal glory of Day.
All turns from a wideness and unbroken peace
To a tumult of joy in a sea of wide release.
~Sri Aurobindo The Word of The Silence
truth is too simple for words
before thought gets tangled up in nouns and
there is a wordless sound
a deep breathless sigh
of overwhelming relief
to find the end of fiction
in this ordinary
yet extraordinary moment
when words are recognized
and truth is recognized
as everything else~Nirmala
In meditation, or deep wordless prayer, the mind can grow so still that not only do all thoughts cease, but even the subtle movements of awareness grow still. And then, like that glacial mountaintop, the world comes into such peaceful clarity. The strange thing is that in that cool, aloof state, a bubbling warmth and sense of life begins to rise and permeate the body and you grow giddy, wanting to smile or even laugh out loud. You expect such stillness to be frozen, almost lifeless, but you discover a blissful vitality and warmth instead.~Ivan Granger