My First Silent Retreat!
This weekend I am joining my pranayama group at Hope Springs Institute for a Silent Retreat! Each day will be full of yoga asana, meditation, pranayama, vegan food (yes!), art, and most importantly – silence. It sits just at the feet of the Appalachian foothills upon 100+ acres of pure wilderness.
“External silence can be the doorway to inner silence.” Ram Dass
Our group will be practicing Mauna, or the practice of silence. This practice asks us to look at this quietude as a pause, a much needed break from our bonds to our daily responsibilities.
When the brain thinks the mouth speaks. Think of how often this happens! When something happens or we think of something we immediately share it with the world. Maybe we capture it on social media, talk about it in our community, texting or calling our friends and family. So much communication is happening every instant.
During this pause this weekend, I am also going to be looking at the words that I speak and why I speak them. Whenever I find myself wanting to speak to someone, where is this thought coming from?
- What is my intention?
- Do I need to say it?
- What will happen if I did say it?
- Would everything be just find if I hadn’t?
I vow my silence, I hope to connect with the stillness inside of myself. To be very curious about this ocean of peace that is within me, somewhere!
I am going to journal all of my thoughts and I can’t wait to see how this weekend unfolds!