“Silence is the lost art in a society made of noise” Joan Chittister
I’ve decided to do a 24 hour silence. The idea just kinda came to me yesterday when I was lying in bed and I thought yeah, I wanna do that! So from 10pm on Sunday night until 10pm on Monday night I’m not saying a word. I guess it’s a form of meditation which I’ve been a bit lax with of late. I really enjoy meditation when I do it, sometimes I’m scared of it because so much stuff comes up when you just STOP and SIT. I truly believe all the answers you’ll ever need are inside you and I guess I think that doing this will fast track me back in to meditation somehow? Perhaps not, who knows?
“Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely” The Land Before Time
The main premise behind a silent retreat is to shut you up long enough for you to truly listen. It doesn’t mean you have to shut yourself away from everyone and everything (unless you want to) and it’s certainly not my plan to lock the door and not face anyone. Indeed, it might be more beneficial to surround yourself with people (more than one anyway) whilst silent, I’m sure you’d get much more out of the communication. But it’s not just to listen more to other people, it’s to listen to myself, my higher self, and find out if she’s got anything to tell me…
I guess she’s already telling me to do the silent retreat.
“Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water” Chuang Tzu
Inward reflection can be really useful at times in your life where you feel as if you’re expanding in to a new awareness. I certainly feel a shift of late (will blog about that soon) and so I guess right now feels like the right time to try this out and see.
“It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence” Seneca
I’ll blog about how I got on later in the week. Needless to say my husband thinks it’s a GREAT idea 🙂
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/