So this past weekend I did a yoga meditation retreat. There’s nothing so unusual about that- except for this one was totally silent. At first it was a little strange, to be around other people and not say anything(!). But then a beautiful thing happened: I started going deep inside, and started feeling very peaceful and contemplative. I have a lot going on, and I feel like I really need it. Sometimes we don’t realize how much energy and concentration we expend in useless conversations! Sometimes silence is necessary, so you can really feel and hear your own intuition trying to guide you. And get a break from the chaos of the world and your daily life- which constantly pulls the mind and the senses this way and that. When you can be still, you can recharge yourself. You can also find answers and clarity to some difficult problems or situations in your life that have been bothering you. Yoga teaches us that all the answers to our questions are already inside us. It’s just that sometimes it is difficult to hear yourself with everything going on.
Matahma Gandhi practiced this- by observing one day a week of silence.
Two days may seem very difficult! But if you can find time, even a few hours or ONE hour, to go for a walk, not bring your phone (gasp!), or garden or make food, etc. and be silent each week, I think you will find it a very beautiful way to feel grounded and bring more peace into your life.
Then I came home and made a very special batch of Acai and Goji berry granola to give as presents this week. I was still very meditative…
But also joyful! And I love making food for people! ☺
Lots of love,