SILENT PRAYER will help you to focus clearly on God. The constant stream of thoughts that run through your mind is like [trying to herd a] hundred cats [up a hill]. At first you go chasing after them, lost in the intrigue of where they go and whether we can catch them. But the more you practice silent contemplation, the less tempted you will be by their antics. Eventually you will barely notice them at all, and when you are distracted by them, you can return more quickly to the open space of the silence where you wait for God.
– Daniel Wolpert
Leading a Life with God
From pages 54, 55 of Leading a Life with God: The Practice of Spiritual Leadership by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright © 2006 by Daniel Wolpert. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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8But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
Mark 8:33, NRSV
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