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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