Prayer is Silent Observation
Simply looking at the world for what it is and what it has to tell us.
Learning to pray, then as I understand it, is learning to listen with the mind and the heart – making oneself attentive to each exquisite detail of the world. It is a fearsome exhilarating task, best suited to solitude and silence. Such prayers are answered not with miracles tagged with our names, or those of our loved ones, but with beauty and terror. For the prayerful listener, the world becomes the sublime scripture, full of stories of structure and chaos, law and chance, complexification and decay, including the story of the human person in whom the universe becomes conscious of itself. All my life has been a relearning to pray – a letting go of incantational magic, petition, and the vain repetition ‘Me, Lord, me,’ instead watching attentively for the light that burns at the center of every star, every cell, every living creature, every human heart (xiv-xv)