“Listen to silence. It has so much to say.” – Rumi
Life is full of distractions. We are surrounded by sound. All kinds. People’s voices, TV, radio, music, social media. Noise can drain us, keep us in a rut, create a sense of overwhelm. Our minds can also take us on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. For many of us, it is challenging to find moments of silence, moments to be still.
The noise of everyday life can often be too loud for me and I need to retreat to a place of solitude. Like the ocean or the woods, where I can tune in to the sounds of nature – the lull of the waves, the rustle of the trees blowing in the wind, the birds singing.
Over time, I’ve learned that in addition to withdrawing from the busy world, I also need to find a way to create calm in my daily environment. I crave silence.
Have you tasted the sweetness of silence?
Would you like to sample it, or savor it on a deeper level?
Silence, the source of all vibrations.
Here are three tips on how we can create moments of silence in our life to quiet the mind so we can harness the power of our spirit in stillness.
Spend time in nature. Take a hike. Stroll along the sand and tune in to the ocean waves. Put your face towards the sun. Feel the warmth. By allowing the space for silence and connection to nature, a deep restoration and rejuvenation occurs.
Meditate. Create a daily morning practice, a sadhana, before the day begins. This restorative practice allows me to find my own voice, alignment to self, peace, clarity, and wisdom.
Breathe deep. Chant a silent mantra in connection with the continual pattern of the inhale and exhale breath. The silent mantra helps direct the flow of prana through the body and focuses the mind. In connection with breath, it can lead to a state of elevated consciousness. One way to try this practice is in bed during the transition from wakefulness to sleep, which prepares us to move from the conscious state to the subconscious state. Choose a mantra that resonates with you and focus on the rise and fall of the diaphragm, allowing the breath to carry the mantra. A suggestion is Sat Nam, meaning “I am truth,” or “Truth is my identity.”
Listening to the sound of silence is core to all spiritual practices. When we allow our minds to become still, we clear pathways leading to deeper mental clarity, emotional balance, and physical endurance. The practice of silence brings immense peace to my everyday life.
Silence is abundant. When we tune in and listen. Silence is presence with oneself. A deep, natural place of peace. It allows us to go within and remember who we truly are.
Wishing you an abundance of silence!
Much love and many blessings,
Amy Shea is a Kundalini yoga student, teacher, meditative healer, and transition coach. She also offers strategic talent guidance to nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies with a focus on social good. Amy lives in the Ojai valley where she finds joy in spending her days sharing yoga, hiking the local trails, and cooking up healing, comfort foods.
She has been practicing various types of yoga for years, discovered Kundalini in 2007, and began teaching in 2008. She teaches Kundalini, Prenatal (The Khalsa Way), Mommy & Me, and is also certified in Light Leaders and Y.O.G.A. for Youth.
Amy brings her love and wisdom of teaching and coaching to offer heart-opening and peaceful experiences that will help connect and heal the body, mind, and soul and allow you to discover your authentic self. She guides students along the journey into self-discovery, the open and loving heart, and the connection to humanity. She brings a calm and nurturing manner to her classes and offers a space for all to feel safe and have fun. Known for her peaceful and heart-opening approach, she has shared Kundalini Yoga with the masses as a frequent contributor to wellness brands.
Amy has a deep respect for the beauty of pregnancy and childbirth and is devoted to sharing the gifts of The Khalsa Way to support mothers-to-be on their journey to motherhood. Also, she believes yoga and meditation are extremely beneficial in the development of children’s education, physical fitness, and social awareness. In years past, Amy and a team lead an annual event, One World Peace Day, full of yoga, mediation, dancing and activities to help teens explore their individuality, understand their own power, voice, and influence on one another and the world.