Your inner world is waiting for you.
Meditation has been in my life for the last few years and has completely transformed it. It was a long and tedious process at the beginning as my mind seemed to have millions of conversations happening at the same time. Any hope of experiencing what most seasoned mediators spoke of could then only be related to a Mount Everest climb.
Thankfully, things have since improved immensely through plenty of patience, numerous assisted guided meditations and over 200 yin yoga classes. I wasn’t kidding when I said my head was a jungle! It still is sometimes but much less so as a result of the gift of meditation.
I have come to learn that there is no right way to meditate. It is an individual and personal process and one that will most likely change as you do. It can range from pausing for a couple of minutes to take conscious deep breaths to enjoying an hour-long yoga class, to reciting mantras, to being fully present in the moment – what is most commonly know as mindfulness and more.
“Practicing silence means making a commitment to take a certain amount of time to simply Be.” ~ Deepak Chopra
It is only a few months ago that I was introduced to the concept of listening to silence. I stumbled across this method when I was led to the teachings of Kyle Cease (I am not an affiliate). a comedian turned transformational speaker. I resonate with a lot of his teachings and found this concept to be rather intriguing.
My mind said that it was a cop-out and that proper meditation should be focused upon breath, movement, specific intentions or affirmations. What could just sitting in silence ever hope to achieve?
Kyle Cease does it for a minimum of 2 hours per session. I chuckled when I heard this because even though I had been somewhat consistent with my meditation practice over the last few years, I had never had a session that was close to that long. I mean who has that time?! The closest that I would come to that would have been a 75-minute yin yoga class and even then you can move every 5 minutes!
Having said that there is no need to sit uncomfortably when undertaking this practice. You can be comfortable on the sofa or even lie down – as long as you are not too comfortable that you fall asleep!
Indulging In Curiosity.
But luckily my curiosity got the better of me and I eventually dipped my toes into the ‘Listening To Silence’ waters. At first, I only did it for between 15 – 30 minutes. After a few sessions of doing just that I began to feel slight shifts within me. I felt a deeper level of peace. More grounded. Closer to my Higher Self and more connected to my intuition.
Just how regular mediation had been for me at the beginning it took a while for me to settle into these sessions. The reason being that most of us never undertake this, so when you actually do, thoughts, feelings and previously shelved issues begin to rise to the surface, as you have finally given them the time and an audience to do so.
They have been waiting all your life to be seen and heard so as they can be acknowledged and then released forever, This can be an unsetting and a sometimes painful process but it is transient. Freedom awaits you beyond that threshold.
As with anything, when you start to experience tangible benefits, even if they are slight, you can relax into the practice easier. Once you experience the lightness, you want more of it. Who would have thought that just sitting and listening to silence could have such profound results? It makes you feel closer to you. The real you that is most likely hidden under layers of past situations/relationships/issues that have only been half-felt, if that at all.
“If you look within half as much as you look around, you’ll find answers that far exceed what you may have otherwise found.” ~ Phil Good
The beauty of this practice is that once a substantial amount of things have been seen and released then there is space for inspiration and ideas to come into your consciousness that directly relate to your current life and dreams. This could also happen straight away if you are seeking guidance to a pressing matter. As you observe your thoughts floating or fleeting (or both) through your mind, you begin to identify solutions to situations that may have been preoccupying you. It is magical.
Since self-isolation has been enforced over the last few weeks, this has been a golden opportunity for me to dive in and experience the full 2 hours daily. I think that I am hooked! It has enabled me to remain insanely calm throughout this global pandemic period to degrees that surprise me and I like it!!
It has also given me clear ideas of what steps I need to take moving forward even if they may be unexpected to most people including myself. I have become used to that over these last years and I am becoming bolder at standing in my truth.
I can assure you that listening to silence has helped me a great deal mainly because it deeply connects me to who I really am. It has assisted me in embodying my true authentic self to a higher degree and I cannot recommend this enough.
“Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
Yes, You Have The Time.
I can hear you say “Who has the time to do that for 2 hours a day?”. At this point, my answer is more of us than ever before! We currently find ourselves in unique times that allow the majority of us extra time for things like this, if you wish to evolve further. Your well being is priceless and anyone can manage 2 hours out of 24 if they really want to.
I understand that this may not happen all at once. It didn’t for me either. But start. Just 15 minutes. Then 30 minutes. Then 45 minutes… Surely you can spend that much time off social media daily? Even if it takes you a whole year to reach 2 hours, it doesn’t matter as it is not a race!
This practice allows us to just BE. It brings us back to our true nature as a human being and not the human doing that we have contrived ourselves to be.
All I can tell you is that when I took the plunge into taking this experiment up to 2 hours, after a few days something began to shift. I began to lose all sense of time and I even sat for 3 hours or longer without knowing it when I did not set a timer!
I had detached from this reality and found myself on another dimension – alone with my thoughts and a deeper part of myself that detached me from space and time and we know it and I loved it!
“Through the portals of silence, the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
The Time Is Now.
There has never been a better time to implement these sort of practices, especially in this ever-increasing digital age that we find ourselves in. Just begin and then work your way up. There is no right way to do anything – only the way that resonates with your soul.
Step out of the norm. You will be happy that you did, for the inner peace that you will cultivate will be the best present that you can give yourself, your loved ones and consequently humanity.
I am excited for you to discover the power of silence for yourself!
Sending you perfect health vibes, infinite blessings and miracles!
“Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Words come out of the void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” ~ Wayne Dyer