Sri Sathya Sai Baba spoke these words, to share with us the depth of power and the healing grace of engaging in silence. Imagine the notion of being so close to the Presence, Divine Consciousness, to God? We don’t have to be literal in interpreting Sai Baba’s words. Even without belief, miracles can still occur.
We meditate to shut off the cacophony of the world and to go within. We turn off our iPods and computers, our televisions and radios so that we can be on our own, without the trappings of the world. For anyone familiar with the practice of silence, it is well-known that the real adventure, the heroic exploring, is within us. But, if we are addicted to the world and its busyness, we never experience or understand what is so special about resting in stillness. If you try it, you might meet with some surprises — like touching the essence of your own Self, your own transcendent wisdom. Anything can happen…
LESSON TWENTY FOUR
SILENCE IS YOUR TRUE FRIEND
My favorite Sufi poet/mystic, Rumi, wrote this:
Now I will be quiet and let silence separate what is true and what is illusion,
as thrashing does.
“Thrashing ” may not be a familiar term to some of you. It means to beat or hit repeatedly. It is also a farming term. Farmers thrash the seed from the husk, separating it from the hay. This I see as Rumi’s intent in using the word – to find the “kernel” of wisdom while we are quiet.
You don’t have to go anywhere special to engage in silence. Often we think it is necessary to go to a retreat, a meditation “cave,” a weekend seminar — somewhere other than our everyday life. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion or event. Right where you are you can start.
A weekly class I teach is called Meditation in Movement. We settle ourselves into meditation and then, while meditating, we begin to slowly start moving through yoga postures. It is paramount to recognize that the depth of meditation does not leave us and does not have to fit into a box or set period of time.
Here are some ideas that might prove useful:
- Choose an activity, usually something quite routine like riding a train or bus or drying dishes or eating lunch, when you will stop, for a moment, and remind yourself to be quiet. Be in the present.
- You might become super conscious of your “routine” activity and let it become an impetus to be present and silent. At one time, during a period of upheaval, I made driving my car the practice. I focused on every aspect of my driving — my hands on the steering wheel, my foot on the accelerator, watching for traffic — in truth, I was witnessing myself doing these things, but from a place of silence and acceptance.
- If it suits you, pick a specific time to be still. Early in the morning, before the world “kicks in” too much, just before dinner or bedtime.
- Repeat the word “silence” whenever you feel the need.
We are learning, little by little, to “be.” To hone our skills at altering our perception of who we are and what the world represents.
It is a worthwhile endeavor and can bring riches beyond our wildest dreams.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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