word of the week: silence

Silence - the absence of sound, being still... so still that even the mind quiets, the endless chatter softens and settles. It's something most of us long for more of. We all want, as our parents used to say, "Peace and quiet." Ah, now we get it. When we find that moment of silence we can pay attention to things like breathing. Are we really filling our lungs, or is our breath shallow and intermittent? Are we on the path we really desire? Is this truly what we want from life, or is there more to enjoy and experience? Silence offers us the space to dream and drift into another realm outside of our reality. 

“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” - Chaim Potok

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” - Ansel Adams

“Silence is a source of Great Strength.” - Lao Tzu
 

   Michelle Larson   - Two things that remind me to quiet my mind and envelop myself in silence...  The Ocean  - sitting at the beach early in the morning or later in the day when most people have gone home. I allow myself to breathe with the pace of the waves as I release all my stress, tension and worries.  My Meditation Room  - I have a small room in my home dedicated to silence and contemplation. It reminds me each day to let go of heaviness and breathe in light and love. 

Michelle Larson - Two things that remind me to quiet my mind and envelop myself in silence... The Ocean - sitting at the beach early in the morning or later in the day when most people have gone home. I allow myself to breathe with the pace of the waves as I release all my stress, tension and worries. My Meditation Room - I have a small room in my home dedicated to silence and contemplation. It reminds me each day to let go of heaviness and breathe in light and love. 

   Julie Cimpko   - For me, silence is sacred but very rare : ) A moment without any noise, without any distraction, to feel at peace. It reminds me of the feeling of being under water…quiet, slowly drifting with the sunlight beaming onto your back. 

Julie Cimpko - For me, silence is sacred but very rare : ) A moment without any noise, without any distraction, to feel at peace. It reminds me of the feeling of being under water…quiet, slowly drifting with the sunlight beaming onto your back. 

   Chelsea Hipley   - We live in such a fast paced world, silence seems to be forgotten. Always thinking about “what’s next” takes away from being in the moment. For me, taking time to be alone with my thoughts and being surrounded by nature is a cleansing. Really letting your thoughts just rest and be still. Silence is a wonderful thing to embrace. 

Chelsea Hipley - We live in such a fast paced world, silence seems to be forgotten. Always thinking about “what’s next” takes away from being in the moment. For me, taking time to be alone with my thoughts and being surrounded by nature is a cleansing. Really letting your thoughts just rest and be still. Silence is a wonderful thing to embrace. 

   Madeline Lovejoy   - Silence is the space inbetween:  it is the pause, the peace, the quiet, the stillness, a moment in between; it is the crushing deafness when someone dies, it is the pressure when someone holds their tongue instead of speak their mind; it is the undeniable relief when torment or suffering ends; it is the void of the cacophony of uttered words; it is the moment of anticipation.

Madeline Lovejoy - Silence is the space inbetween:  it is the pause, the peace, the quiet, the stillness, a moment in between; it is the crushing deafness when someone dies, it is the pressure when someone holds their tongue instead of speak their mind; it is the undeniable relief when torment or suffering ends; it is the void of the cacophony of uttered words; it is the moment of anticipation.

   Susan Shepardson   - I'm trying to tame my monkey mind by meditating more often. I love this quote by Caroline Myss, "The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”

Susan Shepardson - I'm trying to tame my monkey mind by meditating more often. I love this quote by Caroline Myss, "The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”

   Wendy Hay   - To be still. To be stopped in movement. To see behavior in your thought. To feel the simplicity around you. Silence. 

Wendy Hay - To be still. To be stopped in movement. To see behavior in your thought. To feel the simplicity around you. Silence.