Wallowing in silence


We have a tendency to fill our lives with so much busy-ness, to move from one thing to the next as quickly as we can, all the while filling our ears with music or tuning the radio and tv in for news and entertainment. We think rest happens when our body stops, when we are too physically tired to keep going, and spend our time reading, listening, watching instead. The irony is that this keeps our minds full – the busy-ness doesn’t stop, it just changes arena from the limbs to the synapses. Don’t get me wrong, it is extremely important to stay mentally active, but there is nothing more valuable than balance, and our brains need true rest also.

How often do we let our brains release the busy-ness? When we’re sleeping? Maybe, if we have very peaceful dreams. When we’re happily moving in the joy of swimming, patting the dog, or dancing? Maybe, if we have been able in that moment to stop thinking of any kind of ‘I should’ monologue. During meditation? Definitely, even if only for brief periods, as we cycle through deep mental relaxation and, as most of us find, soon find the repetitive list of ‘I should’s returning. The value of that moment is that at least for the briefest of periods, we were able to stop trying so hard and let ourselves just be.

Finding a way to access this joy in just being can be difficult. We often start with music we love, words that are inspirational, going to places that are peaceful. But as our practice deepens we can begin to cultivate something deeper, something that is not so stimulated by the external world and stirrs up from within instead. This is the joy that is found in silence.

The power of silence is that it is space. Space to fill with enormity of the true self. Space to connect with everything else around. Space to stop moving and be moved.

Cultivating an appreciation of silence we can begin to carry its essence with us everywhere, as a space for silence always in the mind. This sense of allowing, at any moment, for the brain not to be so full that it is overwhelmed, that there is always room to explore, can stop us from yelling at our partners, freaking out at work, chastising ourselves for not doing enough housework. We begin to feel calm throughout our daily activities, knowing that none of it infringes on the basic space we have created for ourselves within ourselves.

So with this in mind, I will stop filling your mind with busy-ness and leave you to wallow in the silence. Namaste πŸ™‚

About karen2202

I am writing my PhD on children's yoga and it's place within mainstream education. I am also a yoga teacher in Sydney, Australia.

Posted on October 30, 2011, in Meditation, Philosophy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. So true.The beauty of silence is unique. It moves us to a place which is preverbal and very primordial. A wonderful place to commune with the whole universe and connect with ourselves and others in profound tranquility. Thankyou for taking me there in yoga.

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