Silence is the bridge between our untiring thoughts and our soul’s voice. We need to be silent in order to be capable of hearing the feeble voice of wisdom within us. We need to train the ear to listen to our inner voice and once we hear it speak, we will be guided.
We speak a lot about meditation as a simple practice accessible for everyone, however, only few souls practice it regularly.
Today I was in a book store and I saw dozens of books on mindful meditation and many people browsing in that section. This reflects what I perceive as riding on a carousel spinning around faster and faster and now feeling dizzy, losing track of ourselves and our priorities and when the ride is over, realizing that we missed a lot of the magnificent views available during that crazy spin. We have put our heart at service of our mind during that ride, and now we need to invert this as the mind should be at service of the heart. All this can present itself once we reach a moment of silence and stillness.
Following our inner self (the feeble voice within) allows us to go where we need to be. I am glad many of us are seeking to slow down and rest our unceasing fabrication of thoughts quiet our minds, decelerate our lives, and retrain our ears to listen to ourselves as well as one another.
It is often said that prayers are the way to talk and meditation is the way to listen. Whichever we do, when we choose to have our moment of silence in the morning, we do prepare to start the day in a spiritual mode. Praying and meditating will help us for a fresh beginning of a new day,spiritually centered, and free from the cloud of yesterday. My personal moment of silence is the cathartic stillness that makes me a start each day as a new me.
I believe that silence is an easy practice. If one chooses to devote a few minutes to it as he or she would do to personal daily hygiene, it will become an obligatory moment of a daily routine.
Getting to convince our minds to quiet down might be the real task.
How do we get there?
I do love the present moment meditation of Eckhart Tolle. It’s no different from the well known mindful meditation. Tolle says he prefers to call it “present moment” only because the word “mindfulness” defeats the purpose of freeing our thoughts. We are trying to empty our mind so we should not reference a “full mind”. This terminology is simply a preference, one which I share.
We are consistently preoccupied with “yesterday” and “tomorrow” and we tend to overlook the NOW, which is in fact the real and only moment we have. Eckhart Tolle affirms that “The future arrives as the present moment; the past presents itself in the present moment too”. So all we have is Now.
Being focused on the Now, really transcends and transforms our personal history into this moment. So being focused on the Now means to connect with ourselves currently, connecting with our True Self, rather than being taken by millions of preoccupations and emotions caused by the future and the past.
Regular prayer and meditation have many benefits into our lives. They free us from trapping emotions such as anger, resentment, and fear. Whatever type of meditation we choose to have in our moment of silence and stillness, will quiet our minds. Breath in Sanskrit is “Prana”. Prana is energy that gives us life. It is the force that connects us to our True Self. Few breaths can make us shift from deep anxiety to calmness and truly change our mental and physical states.
How many times when feeling anxious or worried are we encouraged to take a deep breath? We need to focus on our breath to return to the here-and-now and reacquaint with the present moment, re-establishing the balance that has been lost. Regularly practicing breathing deeply even in the most intense and stressful of situations allows for muscle memory to train us and facilitate this task for future moments, to the point that when it is most needed, it will become the most natural response to our crises. Practicing breathing can replenish our energy, calmness, peace, creativity and all that comes with the balance that is our own balance, our own Self.
Deepak Chopra suggests the use of a Mantra to get to where we should be in meditation. The word Mantra in Hindi means instrument of the mind (man– mind; tra-instrument). In most traditions, there is a mantra to quiet our mind. We should use this mantra as a means to get to a deeper state of relaxation and your inner self. “I am”, “So ham”, “Amen”, “Om”, they are all mantras that lead you to silencing your mind, and once you reach your destination you let the mantra go.
Being spiritual in my opinion is not getting in and back out of meditation, then forgetting our intentions and our purpose. Rather, being spiritual serves to acquire a way of living that nourishes us and that helps acquire and maintain our balance while defocusing our attention from the complaints and negativity of our reality.
I wish you all to embark on your own sacred daily routine where silence and conscious breathing will keep you here and now.
All my love,
Antonella Lo Re