There is a BBC 2 programme on tonight at 7pm called The Big Silence. It features the former Abbot of Worth Abbey Father Christopher Jamison. It’s a three-part documentary following five people who attempt to put silence at the heart of their everyday busy lives and learn what to do with it once they get there.
I know Father Christopher – he’s a great bloke who has written two best-selling books – much of his thinking is reinforced by the research findings of management and leadership guru Jim Collins. Father Christopher has spoken to me about the power of meditation and stillness – I picked up two of his quotes the other day which reinforced his thoughts:
“Most people have a real contemplative urge but it is being suppressed by contemporary culture”
“When people enter their contemplative space beautiful and remarkable things happen in their lives”
This is so true, but so damn difficult to get into the habit of doing – there is a school of thought that says this is how we access our true creativity, which I personally believe in – with a 14 hour day, six day a week job, three kids and dog that needs 7 miles a day walking this can be so hard to do. Maybe getting up an hour earlier 4.30 will do the trick!