If ever there were a time to enter silence, now is IT.
Because you can…
With closings, travel and social restrictions, and physical distancing, we all are granted the opportunity to delve within.
And when one investigates the emotions and thoughts that may sometimes seem too daunting to contemplate, one can begin to clear away that which spurs suffering and inhibits growth.
Whether you are home alone, with family, or surrounded by flatmates, decide to commit to One Full Day of Silence. As you move through 24 hours of no chatter and no discussion, turn on your awareness: Does the lack of verbal interaction make you uneasy? Is your inner environment welcoming, or does it rail against cloistering?
With each bit of physical or mental discomfort that may arise during the day, regard it as objectively as possible: Observe and record, if you like, the what-why-when circumstances of any emotional surge or negativity. Note, too, how your energy shifts as you become accustomed to not needing to respond, interject, or opine.
This is the Silent Sunday of all Silent Sundays: Let it take you to a mental and spiritual place that you may never have imagined. Go within, and discover the riches that lie buried beneath the distracting din.
And if such an undertaking feels silly, or demanding, or sparks anxiety, lie down. Close your eyes, and turn them upward to focus on the Third Eye. Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose. Move your mind away from the fray, by dint of your breath:
In for 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8; out for 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Body calm, thoughts stilled: You are silent.