21 July 2011

Heed Your Silent Instruction

Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction.” ~ Paul Brunton

Okay, this is right up my alley! This wonderful thought has two of my favorite things – stillness and silence. It’s about taking time to fall still and hear what is yours to hear. I have said this many times, but you cannot hear what your inner guidance, your Wise Self, your Spirit has to tell you if you do not take the time to fall still and be quiet.

What you will receive is silent instruction. It will not come at you loud and booming, but silent – in a whisper that only you can hear. What tends to happen if someone speaks to you in a whisper? You answer back in a whisper. Is that not so?

Just for today, whisper and heed the silent instruction.

1 comment:

amodestcritique said...

I stumbled across your blog a couple of months ago and appreciate the tidiness and frequency of your posts. I felt compelled to comment on this one in particular because I’ve been working on the discipline of silence lately.

Due to my upbringing and various societal factors, I would describe myself as someone “addicted to excitement”; in search of constant stimulation, whether positive or negative. Over the years, I’ve sought to fulfill this need through various means—romantic relationships, surrounding myself with drama, substance abuse, getting lost in books, submersing myself in religion, and engaging in ongoing daydreams about a life that isn’t my own. I abused myself and others in seeking this emotional high that, much like a drug, never really satisfies and it certainly doesn’t last.

For varying reasons, a lot of people are quite uncomfortable with silence. We become addicted to stimulation to the point that removing the security of our distractions makes us downright uneasy. It’s been said that people who struggle greatly with meditation are those who need it most. I fall into that category. I’m starting small; closing my eyes for mere minutes at a time throughout the day to acknowledge sensory things—a cool breeze on my skin, scents in the air, the feeling of my fingertips on the keyboard—just taking in my surroundings and learning to let that be enough.

Thanks for posting and giving me more to consider!