Later on in the summer, my girls will be away from me for a whole 3 weeks! This will be a first for us and I’m fluctuating between emotions of “Oh my I will miss them (heart strings pulled)” and elation of having “me” time. But what I think will be the biggest change will be the noise level. It will be so quiet, cricket quiet. That will be weird, daunting and will take some getting used to. I will want to fill the space, the void with music from my iPod, shows from Netflix and calls to anyone who will talk to me. But silence doesn’t equate loneliness and doesn’t need to be filled. In my last blog, I wrote about taking a retreat at home. This is what I will do.
A year or so ago, I was listening to NPR and a scientist was on speaking about all the noise in this world of ours and that there are few places on earth that do not include human-made noise. His project titled, One Square Inch of Silence is a lifelong campaign to protect our natural spaces and silence in our national parks. Check out the link to get more information on this project. In Search of Silence. What if you had a day to yourself to not speak or be spoken to? Read below for ideas to capture if not a day, a few moments, minutes of silence. After trying a few, journal about your experience.
Wide Angle Forward Fold (Upavishta Konasana)
Legs up the Wall Variation
Props: bolster, 3 blankets, wall
Benefits: Allows breath to come in to the rib cage and belly more freely. Can reduce high blood pressure. Relieves fatigue and insomnia. Gentle twist to move digestive system.
Place bolster and a blanket on top of bolster lengthwise on your mat. Sit at bottom of boster and extend upper body to lay over bolster. Bottom leg is straight with sole of foot touching the wall, upper leg is bent and rest on stack of blankets. Adjust as she stay in pose. Additional blanket on lower back to ease tension. After 5 or more minutes, turn and do the other side.
Seize the Silence
Yoga Journal in its June 2009 edition presented a few good ideas for restoring yourself, aligning with nature, resetting yourself and finding balance by seizing some time with silence. Try these out yourself and with your loved ones.
- Invite your family to join you in eating a meal in silence.
- Find a labyrinth and walk it in silence (Lansdale has one on E. Hancock Street, Stony Creek Park)
- Commit to a day without speech. Prepare family and friends ahead of time so they know what to expect.
- Take a one-day sabbatical from email, phones, TV and radio.
- Spend a few quiet hours alone in nature.
- For one day, perform household or gardening chores in silence.