1: to become progressively greater (as in size, amount, number, or intensity)
2: to multiply by the production of young
Increase (n.): mid-14th century, encresen, “become greater in size or number;” late 14th century, “cause to grow, enlarge,” from Anglo-French encress-, Old French encreiss-, from Latin increscere “to increase, to grow upon, grow over, swell, grow into,” from in- “in” + crescere “to grow” (related to: crescent). Modern English restored the Latin spelling in 16th century.
“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.”
Jean Arp (1886-1966, also called Hans Arp, original names were Hans Peter Wilhelm Arp and Jean-Pierre Guillaume Arp; German-French sculptor, painter, and poet, who was one of the leaders of the European avant-garde in the arts during the first half of the 20th century)
“Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured to struggle against entropy.”
Vaclev Havel (1936-2011, playwright, poet, and political dissident, who later after the fall communism became the president of Czechoslovakia in 1989-1992 and of the Czech Republic in 1993-2003)
“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”
Mother Theresa (1910-1997, nun, saint, and founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor)
“In Europe first and now in America, elected men have taken it upon themselves to indebt their people to create an atmosphere of dependency. And why? For their own selfish need to increase their own personal power.”
Pope Francis (b. 1936, the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, also Bishop of Rome and Sovereign of the Vatican City)
“Sometimes God’s way of answering prayer is not by removing the pressure, but by increasing your strength to bear it.”
Elizabeth George (she and her husband, Jim George are bestselling authors and national speakers)
“Too often we assume that God has increased our income to increase our standard of living, when his stated purpose is to increase our standard of giving.”
Randy Alcorn (b. 1954, bestselling author and has written over fifty books and pastor of the Eternal Perspective Ministries, based in Oregon)
“Cutting back on calories is not the answer to successful weight loss and successful health… you have to increase the quality of what you eat, not just reduce the quantity.”
Joel Fuhrman (b. 1953, author, physician, speaker, and media personality who advocates for “micronutrient-rich diet”)
“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.” — Jean Arp
Most of us are addicted to distractions, perhaps because we love the drama. Unfortunately, it’s part of our program, part of culture. For the most part, we have learned to abide in chaos. Maybe, because being in struggle makes us feel somewhat alive. We have become addicted to worrisome thoughts and the adrenalin rush that supports fear.
But, once we develop our own personal contemplative practices, we will soon develop an aversion to creating circumstances that compromise our nervous systems and put our bodies and minds in unnecessary stress.
When I started a practice of meditation over 25 years ago, I could barely sit still for ten minutes. It was so challenging, in fact, that I had to ease into a spiritual detoxification and only meditate 2-3 times a week instead of every day. Soon, I was able to increase the amount of higher vibrational energy I ingested to Monday through Friday, and later every day. It took a few years for me to acclimate in the peace-induced vibes and to integrate this new energy. It became such a part of my routine that I could not leave the house without meditative session. Eventually, I was able to make other changes in regard to exercising and in eating well.
The next biggest step was to move away from an intense and loud metropolis like NYC to the quiet suburbs of Florida.
I still chuckle remembering once I moved how shocking it was to be able to hear on levels I never heard before, like the loud cracking of the ice around the chicken I took out to defrost for dinner.
Silence is a huge gift. It provides us the quantum space and time to breathe and know. But, once we tune into, especially in nature, we are privy to hear and experience the loud cacophony of life itself.
Let us continue to grow and increase our inner knowing, sojourners! There’s so much for us to explore, discover, and learn.
Much Love, Tonya