“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Where can we find the silence?
Hello sweet spiritual warriors!! I hope this missive finds you doing well. I am on a plane right this moment heading to the Galapagos Islands and I wanted to share a few timeless secrets of meditation with you.
We live in a pretty noisy world – cars, planes, motorcycles, snow blowers, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, transmission lines, TV, radio, ring tones, trains, boats, engines running, motors humming… and that’s the non living stuff. Then there are all the human & animal sounds…and beneath all that are the natural sounds of nature – the crashing of the surf on the shore; the rustling of leaves in the trees; the crescendo of rain drops on the sidewalk…it can get loud OUT THERE.
For most of us, between the 60,000-80,000 thoughts we receive each day & the millions of vibrations that flow into our ear canal from our environment, there isn’t a lot of silence. Our minds can be consumed by the noise around us, which only revs up the perceived noise within – but the reality is that WE control the volume button of life; we control the speed at which life flows at us. And, when we connect to our most genuine Self – the part of us that rests beneath our clothes, beneath our flesh casing, beneath our physical structure – deeper still – beneath our emotions…beneath our ego…at a more subtle level than even our intellect…then we awaken a wonderful stillness…a magnificent silence…a state of consciousness that some refer to as bliss.
In this state, we experience Namaste – no judgment, no fear, no regrets, no grievances, no expectations, vulnerability, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion and truth.
How do we get there? How do we connect to the silence? We can start by placing our hand on our heart, closing our eyes, and gently following our breathing in and out – feeling the universe flow into you with each inhale & out of you with each exhale.
And each of us has the ability to do this in any moment – upon waking, while showering, while walking your dog, while getting into your car, while waiting on line, while sitting at your desk or in a meeting, while reading this sentence…
Keep meditating. Peace. -davidji