When do you sit in silence?

Grace doing yaga

Make time every day to sit quietly, alone and uninterrupted. This time is for you and only you… a time to go within and be still.

You may think you are too busy, however, there will always be time if you look for it. Even five minutes of silence can make a difference.

Sit upright in a comfortable chair with your back supported. Relax, close your eyes and bring your focus inside. Breathe slowly and deeply. Breathe in through your nose for a count of four and breathe out through your mouth for a count of six.  Relax your shoulders and let your hands rest loosely in your lap. Allow the tension to melt away.

Thoughts will arrive and you can watch them with your inner eye, as if they were clouds drifting across the sky. They will arrive and then they will go away. You do not need to worry about controlling them.

If you find it hard to sit in silence, start by setting a kitchen timer for three minutes at first. Then increase the time by one minute every week until you can sit for fifteen minutes or more each day.

When the timer goes off, make a note of any thoughts or insights that have come up for you in this quiet time. After a while, you will notice that you look forward to this time for you. It will become an important part of your daily routine.

As you practice, you will develop an ability to relax, a greater peace of mind and a connection to something deeper. You will find your tolerance for quiet will spill over into other parts of your day. You will grow to love the beauty of sitting in silence…

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