Once the Abbot Macarius, after he had given the benediction to the brethren in the church at Skete, said to them, “Brethren, fly.” One of the elders answered him, “How can we fly further than this, seeing we are here in the desert?” Then Macarius placed his finger on his mouth and said, “Fly from this.” So saying, he entered his cell and shut the door.”
You want to hear my confession? I have an iPhone. This technological wonder is supposed to save me time so that I can live better. But my iPhone begs for attention and with it my life is faster and more hectic than ever. It is difficult to be still when you can be gotten all the time. there is no putting your finger on your mouth when there is an iPhone in your hand. It is difficult to be still when we are talking all the time. To be still is to be quiet, to be calm. But we do too much to be still. So this verse keeps coming up for me (and maybe for you too): Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10. So, without further delay, I am instituting 2 rules for slowing down and 2 rules for being quiet.
Two rules for slowing down:
- do less
- repeat # 1
Two rules for being quiet:
- speak less
- repeat #1
I have written a post about stillness called My Holy Mountain.