There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have.
To me, this quote of Howard Thurman’s summarizes the benefits of sitting in silence. As we talked about earlier this month of sitting in silence, we’re doing this so we can once again tune into our Inner Knowing, the Still Small Voice, our Inner Wisdom, the urgings of our heart and whispering of our soul.
Keep this practice that you started this month. You’ll be very glad you did.
Here is something I’ve been contemplating during my sitting in silence sessions:
You know you live in a small town when you accidentally left your front door unlocked for a week and absolutely nothing happened—even during the day when you were at work and even during the night while you slept.
I’m very grateful that regardless of what the news outlets tell us, our world is still a safe place.
If you don’t know what to sit with in your sessions, try being grateful that Something Better is up ahead.
You don’t have to know what that Something Better will be or how it will come about. All you need to do right now is to sit in silence with the statement “Thank you for the Something Better that’s up ahead.”
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When you sit in silence, it’s common to have issues that are bothering you come up. For instance the quietness reveals you are holding unresolved grief. Unresolved grief is actually quite common so don’t think there is something wrong with you if you discover this.
Instead of moving away from grief as you may have in the past, use your sitting in silence time to sit with it. Ask yourself gentle questions such as
Tell me about this, tell me the whole story;
What can I do to help?
How can I help the healing?
Sit quietly and listen tenderly, meaning absolutely no judgement. And no telling yourself how you’ll fix it! Instead, let the grief tell you how to help. Most likely at first it will want you to just sit with loving kindness and let it unburden itself to you. This may take several sessions of sitting in silence. And it may come in cycles, meaning that you may have several sessions of sitting with the unresolved grief and then a number of sessions when you don’t hear from it in a while. It’s all perfectly fine. No worries!
Please know that all types of grief are valid. You may feel silly to be grieving the loss of a favorite pen, as an example. Don’t dismiss this grief! It’s sticking with you because it has something to tell you! What it has to say can deepen and enrich your life if you take the time to listen and understand.
The key is to listen gently and tenderly as well as offering to help in an attitude of loving kindness.
It’sthrough this sitting in silence work that you discover Something Better is Up Ahead!
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When you sit in silence today, gently contemplate this question:
Who am I?
Take a moment to answer that question.
There is no wrong or right answer—only the answer you have right now. Keep asking yourself this question during your days—don’t ask just once, keep asking! You’ll be amazed at the answers that come to you and how your life shifts because of the answers you get.
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When asking question, as we talked about in Tuesday’s post, know that the answers will come. They always come. It’s our job to keep our minds clear of worry and anger and discouragement and overwhelm so that we can recognize the answers when they come.
The answers do not come in the form of a fairy godmother who waves a wand and all your troubles disappear.
The answers come in the form of an impetus for action. And the action doesn’t seem to be related to the question.
For instance, a lyric in a song will stand out to you and give you an idea, or a book may fall into your lap or you may overhear a snippet of strangers’ conversation that is exactly the information you needed to hear. These sort of things happen to us numerous times and we pass it off as coincidence or a lucky happenstance.
This is Grace. It is Divine answering you!
Continue with your sitting in silence. The more you do it, the easier you will sense your Inner Knowing, the Still Small Voice, your Inner Wisdom.