Last week when I was in Perth I saw that Wesley Cathedral was open to members of the public. I wandered in and sat down near the back of the church. Right up front was an organist playing the organ. I am not sure if he or she was aware of my presence or not. We were the only two people in the building.
The organ music was reverberating and I sat in quietness to take it all in. I didn’t pray as such – I just wanted to absorb the peace and tranquility of the place. My mind flitted to one thing and another and I kept bringing it back to just observe and take in my surroundings.
I stayed about twenty minutes then moved quietly back to the busy streets where people were hurrying to and fro. Such a contrast to where I had been. I felt wonderfully peaceful for the rest of the day. The music added to the experience as I could listen and absorb it through the pores of my skin.
Just now I sat quietly for about twenty minutes. My mind was busy going over the lunch-time conversation; thinking about what I would write in my blog; jumping to conclusions about all sorts of things; and just general, noisy static in my head. I observed myself from a distance for moments at a time but found myself being drawn back to the busy thoughts in my head. The moments of quietness and awareness I experienced were most valuable.
It is not easy to be quiet!