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
I attended a workshop on silence in March of 2012 at The Franciscan Spirituality Center in Lacrosse, WI and the gifts were immeasurable. Here are a few of the things I learned about silence. 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 of this year to go on a personal retreat on a quarterly basis and I have honored that decision. I did a Forgiveness Retreat in February, a Mother’s Day Retreat in May and a Fall Retreat in October. My final retreat of the year will be this month and I have yet to choose the date, I will do it today. Anne D. LeClare, the author of Listening Below the Noise, The Transformative Power of Silence, has been taking a day of silence each month since 1992. Here is what she discovered early on in her monthly practice of silence. “Silence was no longer a whim but, I realized, essential for my soul. I saw that there was something to be learned in the everyday-in all the joys and sorrows and pains and tasks as ordinary as as scrubbing a dirty floor. But mostly our busy worlds are too noisy for us to pay attention. We don’t touch the rawness of the truth until we stop.”
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 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.