When I started this count, my hope was to share with you all things that I do in various forms that are simple(with little to no steps or material), and meaningful to me. My hope was that you could either share your own similar practice or pick up a practice to add to your spiritual practice or even try a different approach to building personal spiritual practices. With it being the end of the year, people are reflective and tend to get very intentional and start thinking about what they have learned and gained from the past year and what they would like to accomplish in the coming year. I believe that spirituality is an important all encompassing part of our lives, one that many people tend to either reserve for church/temple or when they are at other spiritual or religious settings. I also think that spirituality does not have to look ONE way and finding practices that resonate is very important in order to maintain them. I believe that the emotional, mental, and physical are all affected by and a part of the spiritual self. Therefore, this count down of the last 10 days of the year is not just with the intention of sharing my personal practices for the sake of sharing but also with the hope that you can feel empowered to come up with your own creative and meaningful spiritual practices. Reconciliation work by definition is to cause to coexist in harmony; make or show to be compatible. I believe spiritual work is the work of bringing all parts of yourself into harmony and in connection to your spirit, none being left out. I hope that you can grow in your own spiritual practices and I am more than happy to share mine, for this work is with us always, all ways.
Silence as a practice can be done in various ways. The purpose of silence is simple, yet is one of the hardest practices for many people---and i gotta tell ya, it ALWAYS centers me. Silence as a practice allows you to listen-mostly to the guru inside, to the divine inside, to the spirit inside-as well as the spirit around you. This summer I went to Atlanta and spent some intentional time processing the relationship I had been in for the past almost 3 years. We were thinking about breaking up and also re-evaluating our current status of the relationship which was not very happy or worried about our future together. Anyone that knows me or has spent time interacting with me, can pretty much gather that I talk a lot and I process out loud I am mostly a very extroverted person, but this summer shifted my focus to the gift of going inside and since then, I have embraced a level of introversion that would truly shock some people! I spoke about this experience on my personal blog. Spending 2 days not speaking was some of the best medicine and truth I have had in a long time! I learned so much about myself and I heard myself and spirit very clearly. I was even able to plan some activities for my business better because I wasn't so busy talking. I also reconnected to non-verbal communication and was able to feel the energy passed from person to person much better. Silence is such a gift and there are many way to engage your silence self.
Here's an activity I do to get quiet and listen: I take 24-72 hour vow of silence and I write down what I hear, what I feel, and what I observe during that time. I go on with life as usual, running errands if I have to but not necessarily engaging people a lot. I am careful not to "broadcast" that I'm on a vow of silence and I limit text and facebook communication to important correspondence only. I don't do any private messaging. I do this when I'm confused and trying to make a decision or when It has become clear that I have spent too much energy talking and not enough listening. Examples would be my being offensive to others, or getting into arguments with others, or not being able to communicate my thoughts and feelings well-these are all indicators that i might need to take some intentional quite time and listen to myself the world around me. This practice always brings me back to the divine in me and around me.
Do you have a similar practice? Do you feel connected to yourself while in silence? Do you take significant amounts of time to be silent? Do you plan to do this practice or some variation of it? Share your personal nature based practice below so that others can gain from it as well. Share how it feels to connect to the earth. Share your thoughts on the forces in nature or just think on this and move on. Either way, I wish you blessings and light on your journey!
Join me for Day 6 tomorrow as I continue with the theme of Silence. ♥ Coach Meicka