Making space for silence and honest reflection
All conference participants are invited to join in the pre breakfast reflection and shared silence in the Bay Window of the Main Hall starting at 7.15 am.
For many people a daily reflective practice is an essential source of wisdom and direction. In these morning times we will hear briefly from people from a variety of world views who will share the importance of silence and inner listening as part of their own personal responsibility towards governance. This will be followed by a period of silence together.
The space for reflection has been central to the Caux approach over 70 years, recognizing that wisdom of action relies not only on our capacity for analysis, but also attentiveness to inspiration and the space to find what is right, not who is right.
'Give us the inner listening that is a way in itself, and the oldest thirst there is.' - Rumi
'In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and that which is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth' - Mahatma Gandhi
'Some days it is simply a series of luminous thoughts of things God wants me to do that day. Some days it is just a sense of peace and rest and one or two outstanding things. Other days it is a sense of need for intercession on behalf of certain people. It takes all the fret, strain and worry out of life.' - Frank Buchman
'Our service to God and to this world does not consist only of talking and doing. It can also consist of periods of silence, listening, waiting.'- Thomas Merton