But right now what I feel is most special to me is that I have rediscovered a deep feeling of devotion to, and awareness of, something so precious, so beautiful, beyond the arising and passing of all things, including this body.
This is a precious stillness but at the same time full of vibrant life and potential. Our true nature resting effortlessly in a state of stillness and peace that has never been disturbed, and which also has never been in conflict.
I deeply realised that this human life is all about returning home to the basic ground of our being and ending our sense of separation from all that is around us. To make peace with ourselves on the deepest level possible.
My wish is for everyone to get in touch with that precious source of energy that is always there waiting for us, to find our way back to that.
To begin that process though, we have to start being with things in life just as they are, truly see how things are and the process by which they come to be that way. So pay attention, to every moment, accepting every moment fully, as if it is your last.
6 lessons learned from a week of silence (by EkhartYoga member, Laurel):
1. The importance of listening
Even a quiet person like me is guilty of mindless chatter. Not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong with small talk, but am I present for it? Can I listen without interrupting? Can I listen without drafting a premature response?
2. I never missed my phone
Electronics are useful so long as they don’t rule our lives.
3. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again
4. I am the tree. The tree is me
Esther gave us an assignment to meditate for 20 minutes while in the presence of, or in my case, physically touching a plant or tree.
...Still I fought; Remembering what the tree taught
“I am just living, and so should you”...
5. Self-care is not laziness, and equanimity does not mean apathy
The idea of equanimity is that all things are truly equal. It is an acceptance of the self and the world, as they are, without feeling the need to change them. It also comes from within and is not dependent on external circumstances.
6. Meditation is for anyone, but it might not be for everyone
My yoga and meditation are not meant to change others, they are to help me see the world in more colours, to co-exist, to create my own meaning in life.
- extracts; source