Sit In Silence

I was going to post a blog about the coming of autumn but I’m delaying that for a few days.  This message seems much more important.

Why is it that when we get stressed, we go into over-drive & race through life at a wreckless speed?  The higher our level of anxiety, the faster we go to compensate for the lack of control we are feeling.  In this state, we make more mistakes & experience careless accidents that might be avoided if we were in a calmer state of mind.

Last night, I watched Short Cut to Nirvana, a 2004 documentary about the Kumbh Mela festival in India.  This celebration attracts 70 million people, the largest gathering of people in the history of humankind.  How is it that I’ve never heard of it?!  Unbelievable.  Spiritual men & women attend this festival, held once every 12 years, to share their wisdom with anyone willing to listen with an open mind & an open heart.  One guru pointed out that Westerners cannot sit in a meditative posture for 3 hours because we are in too much of a rush.  He believes that if we tried, we would find that to be the most valuable 3 hours of our day.

I’m realistic.  Most Westerners won’t do it.  We’re “too busy”.  How about this… take fiveJust take five minutes today to sit in silence.  Focus on your breath & listen to your authentic Self.  Be still.  And tomorrow, take five more minutes & sit for a total of ten.  Like exercise, the more you practice, the greater your rewards.  I predict that if you are saying, “I don’t have time for this”, you are one of the people who needs it the most.  Give yourself the gift of time.  You deserve it.  Take five.

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8 thoughts on “Sit In Silence

  1. I like how you put this. It wasn’t prescriptive, but rather seemed to be encouraging, esp. for those of us who find ourselves so busy (and Fall is a very busy time of year) that we just want to get more and more things done. I fall into this trap way too often and I don’t like that part of myself. I just might take you up on your suggestion.

    • Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you might try to give yourself the gift of time each day, even just 5 minutes to start. As I write, I also encourage myself to put these ideas into practice. I don’t want to suggest anything that I’m not willing to do myself. Blessings!

  2. Yes! A good reminder! 🙂 Thanks for this. It’s almost like stress is the food for the brain to go AHA! i got you! See? You AREN’T as magnificent and speedy and infinite as you think/know you are! I got you! 🙂 Not giving it that fuel is a service to your greater good almost, isn’t it?
    I like to throw in a few questions too – in those “take 5” moments. Like: “What ARE the infinite possibilities for me right now?” “what would it take for today to be ease, and joy?” Kinda opens up the energy even more. Have a great day!! 🙂

    • Beautifully put. Your questions resonate deeply with me… What are the infinite possibilities for me right now…. “right now” is very important. It means surrendering to the present moment even if what is happening is not what we want. Seeing the potential in the NOW. I like to also ask, “What do I need to know now?” Sometimes I want answers that aren’t mine to have. Sitting in the silence & listening to what comes can be very humbling.

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