The 52: Lesson Four — Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh! We are Silent Now



Now we are being quiet!  Now we are learning to be with ourselves, bathed in peace and love.  Now we are remembering who we really are, before we took on all those definitions from being in the world.  This is the practice of the heart.  This is where we find quiet, serenity, and peace.

On the tree of silence grows the fruit of peace.

Written by the Indian poet, Kabir, in the 1400s, the simplicity of the statement resonates today.

See what happens when you set aside some time for silence.  See who you become over time.  You might come to see that those quiet moments of your day are the ones you value the most.  You might see into the magnificense that dwells within you.  With in YOU, right now.  Perhaps lying dormant because you have never been quiet enough to know it.  Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  Listen to the silence!

A few more ideas:

  • Just before going to bed or falling asleep, take some time to rest your mind. Let go of the replay of the day or dwelling on a problem to be solved.  Put it all to “bed.”  Let your mind flow to something small you enjoyed during your day then rest in that moment of happiness.
  • Just before rising, take a moment to open with gratitude and kindness into the new day.  Think of something that will bring pleasure as the day begins, even if it is simply a cup of tea or coffee, the face of someone you love, the warmth of a shower.  Then rest in the stillness of that momentary thought.
  • Before going into the stillness, remind yourself — I love myself completely NOW.  You cannot say it often enough.

Snippets of silence help us to be calm in a different way than long periods of, say, meditation.  Both have great benefit.  See how it feels to you.

With love and namaste, Deanne

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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