I will start off the first blog of the month by describing something I do on a daily basis: honoring the Silence.
I have always felt comfortable in the silence, even at a very young age. I can remember being attracted to George Harrison because he was “the quiet one.” Friends would always ask me, “What’s wrong, why are you so quiet?”
I never understood why something had to be wrong, just because I was quiet. Later in life I was told about meditation. I remember thinking “Now I can be quiet without anyone asking me ‘what’s wrong.’”
So, as you can see, silence was natural for me. I understand that it’s not for everyone. Some people always need some activity going on to feel comfortable, which is fine for them. But for me it’s disturbing
When I became a monk, I fell into the silence easily. Later, after I left the ashram, I continued to practice silence whenever I could; mostly in nature. I would go away to the mountains, sometimes by myself, and just sit in the silence. I was always aware of the peace that came over me and stayed with me after being in the silence.
People would be attracted to me because of my silence. They would tell me they feel my silence and are more at peace with themselves when around me.
Later, I would learn about TM…Transcendental Meditation. It has been scientifically proven that TM, also known as contemplative meditation, sends out vibrations that can alter the consciousness of a plant, person or even a state of people.
Paramahansa Yogananda, a self realized soul once said “One sincere person in meditation and prayer does more for the world then all its leaders, humanitarians, and politicians combined.”
Today, I sit in silent meditation every day for some time. This is my sacrifice/service to the world. Yes, I enjoy meditation. But to commit one’s self daily is a sacrifice.
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