We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls - Mother Teresa They say that silence is golden. If it's true then most us have forgotten the value of gold. In our busy lives with Iphones, Facebook and Twitter, things can get pretty noisy and we have come to equate success and happiness with constant activity and connection. We have grown so used to mental chatter that moments of quiet can make me us feel uneasy. I know that in my own life, sitting in silence can be uncomfortable, and I wish this wasn't the case, but I guess like anything we want to cultivate, it takes practice! I live in a place that gives me easy access to silence. Easton is in a tranquil valley, surrounded by the beauty of the natural world. I live in a community of men who are seeking and journeying in spirit, and we have a temple, and many other spaces for solitude and meditation, but it's also very easy to get wrapped up in the constant activity and interaction of being a resident here. I recognize a need in my life for more silence and contemplation, for quieting my mind, and I am in a good place for it if I choose to take advantage of it. It just takes deciding that my inner life is a priority and making it a practice. We even hold Silent Meditation retreats. One of them that is coming up is called Abundant Stillness, and it is led by Steve Schwartzberg, so I asked Steve to share a few words with me about the practice of silence. He said:
"The cultivation of silence as a tool to enhance an intimate connection with life and spirit is likely as old as humanity, and no doubt older than organized religion. Every great sacred tradition of the world offers the pursuit of silence as a valuable means to discovering deeper truths about oneself and the world. Quieting the busyness of the mind, getting away from the usual hectic pace of our days, tuning in to the subtle rhythms of nature… it seems so simple! Yet tapping into an inner silence is also a big challenge, given our habits of constant activity and our hunger for stimulation. Because of this, practicing silence is easier in an environment that supports moving beyond the noisy distractions of everyday life"
I have known for some time that quieting my mind is going to be essential for my growth and will help me be more effective and loving in the world, and Steve's words ring true for me. I am in the best environment I could be in to make this change in my life. If you feel like you would benefit from slowing down your mind and finding wisdom in the silence , Easton would be a great place to cultivate that, and Steve would be an excellent guide and coach. His program is happening November 13-16th. The cost of the retreat covers room and board expense only. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the meditation teachings themselves are given at no charge. At the end of the retreat, you will have the opportunity to offer a voluntary donation to support the teachings.
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I think I am going to go now and mine for gold. I want to find the treasure in silence and I invite you to join me !