Silence tethers me to the present moment, right here, right now, in this moment. When I am silent I can hear my inner wisdom speaking to me, I can hear the birds singing to me, I can hear my heart’s desire, I can hear messages from the Universe. “The quieter we become, the more we hear.” – Ram Das
Silence slows me down, centers and grounds me, helps me to be instead of do. Spending time in silence allows me space to look inward instead of outward. Silence reconnects me to my dreams, visions, creativity, intuition and imagination. It gives me room to breathe, to pause, to focus on what really matters to me. I made a decision in January, 2014, to go on a personal retreat on a quarterly basis and I have honored that decision.
I went on a New Year’s Day Retreat this year. Here is one of the questions I journaled about. What did I do and how did I show up in 2015 to contribute to my success? I took some Big, Bold, Action Steps in 2015. I signed up for a one year class called Creative Business Studio facilitated by Laura West, one of my better decisions. I took the 30 Day Passion Project Licensed Facilitator Training, also facilitated by Laura West. I facilitated four live retreats. And last but not least I took a four day solo trip to Ely, MN, one of my favorite places. A few more questions I asked myself, What old thoughts and beliefs am I ready to release? What new projects do I want to launch in 2016 and What experiences do I want to manifest in 2016? I highly recommend personal retreats. I consider them a gift which keeps on giving. Find more information about retreats in Jennifer Louden’s book, The Woman’s Retreat Book.
What about you? When was the last time you sat in silence? How can you create space in your life for a regular practice of silence? What gifts are available to you in silence? What do you hear in the silence?
I invite you to explore the transformative power of silence at my February Retreat at the Carondelet Center in St Paul. Details are on my website.