Sitting in the Silence
Most of us are deluged daily with over-stimulation. I got a humongous dose while in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. Talk about the capital of too much sensory perception!
Within the last week, sans Vegas, I’ve realized that I am immersed in noise simply by being alive. This Mindful Monday message is one of good news: You can create your own silent haven in a multitude of ways. I’d like to mention to, one obvious, one non-traditional.
When I speak of sitting in silence, yes, I encourage meditation. I don’t know how it is for you, but quieting my noisy mind is a fearsome chore sometimes (okay, most times), but I am making progress.
The other way that I’m learning to sit in silence is a bit more radical. See what you think.
In the midst of our noisy work-school-exercise-neighborhood meeting-social obligation-the-beat-goes-on week, let’s focus on setting a conscious intention to step away from constant communication and create meaningful silence.
Now, before you start thinking that I’m suggesting you ignore your boss or your sweetie, let me explain.
I had the opportunity this week to participate in a semi-voluntary silent retreat from communicating with a loved one. We went from multiple daily conversations, texts and emails to complete silence for several days. Then, we gradually began a handful of texts. We have only spoken three times.
We both discovered a sacredness in the silence between us, as if it were a safe and comfortable respite from the craziness of our daily lives. It felt good to step away for a bit and to focus on the things that bring me peace . . . space freed up by silence provided the ability to get in touch with my wants and needs.
Have you considered the gift of silence and how you can benefit from it? Please ponder silence this week, practice it, and let me know how the experience is for you.
B Well & Silent (if you choose!),
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~William Penn
Silence is the true friend that never betrays. ~Confucius
Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment. ~Henry David Thoreau
Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation. ~James Thurber
Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for – sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quite and calm…. One of the greatest sounds of them all – and to me it is a sound – is utter, complete silence. ~Andre Kostelanetz