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Healthy Holy Silence

Another article to get my attention recently - and again, more one that confirms existing views & values than challenges - is Mark Vernon's piece in the Guardian on the tradition of silent prayer / meditation within Christianity. I have written in the past on this blog of the profound things I have experienced at Quaker meetings (namely Sheffield Quaker meeting) and having experienced this, the 'noisiness' of services within other denominations becomes quite stark.

I also think Mark Vernon is right to place emphasis on the health benefits of silent meditation (including children) - particularly in our culture which continues to be dominated by the Protestant work ethic, and subsequent high rates of anxiety and depression. 

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