Through the practice of silence we become aware
of our pain. The pain is always there- in our minds
and in our bodies. Silence allows us to see it,
face it, release it.
We constantly judge ourselves.
Our minds decide what our experience should be
or should not be
relentlessly labeling things good or bad-
demanding that our lives conform to our labels.
Then, when pain comes into our lives
and it does to every life- we do not only suffer it,
but we suffer our suffering as well.
We add the mind’s harsh judgment of pain
to our actual experience of it.
By practicing silence, we may discover the ways
in which we intensify our pain by judging it.
The we have a chance to become less harsh,
The pain created by our minds is stored in our bodies,
creating rigid patterns of behavior, blocking the flow
of energy within us, cramping our being.
Our harshness and our fears are embodied in our flesh.
In silence, we can feel these tendencies to congeal-
and allow them to be as they are. They may then
uncramp and release, for anything that is not resisted
tends of its own accord to unfold and change.
By cultivating silence, we can find and release
deeper and deeper levels of pain and so discover
once again what is beneath the pain:
the natural joy that is already inside us,
free to rise and flow into expression.
how can the silence be so loud sometimes? how can we spin faster and faster?
inquiry for today~ reflect on the space in between your day’s movements and tasks…..where are they? what do they reveal?
The quiet pools of wild rivers
Render the mind clear
You can see the bottom
Shifting shapes of rock, sand and fish.
Yes, out here wandering
Distant from home and bed
Life is often uncomfortable
But complaints are empty
And peace deep.