I am sitting in my favourite chair settling into my morning practice. My hand reaches out to my pen and my journal and off we go on a soul journaling inner exploration.
It feels time is speeding up. In a short time only so much has happened internally (externally too but this is not our concern right now).
I am being taken back to the home of my spiritual mentor. He lives deep in the forest in Auroville, a spiritual community in the south of India. Here, he lives in solitude. He spends days without seeing anybody. I remember at first I felt sad for him and I thought he must feel lonely. But each time when I visit him he greets me with an aura of happiness and contentment. He tells me he spends most of his time in contemplation and meditation.
What is silence and stillness, really?
Ancient teachings point to silence our mind as a pathway to inner freedom.
Fast forward. My curiosity has taken me on a silent journey during the past few years.
In western society most people feel intimated by silence. Often it creates a counter reaction and off we run only to make us busy (once again). Even a brief spell of silence in a conversation is immediately overshadowed with some chitchat. Silence is uncomfortable for many.
Are we essentially running away from ourselves?
I say so.
An overactive mind feds us with all kinds of stories to keep us in the loop of busyness. We remain stuck in our habits of our mind.
It took me some time but through self-study and inner contemplation a profound new space opened. In silence one day during meditation.
Just like this …
I have discovered silence as a powerful and expanding state of love, peace and clarity. In silence I drift beyond the illusion and chatter of my mind and streams of ongoing thoughts. And here, something profound happens. Just like this.
Thinking is an obsession of an undisciplined mind. Stillness is a gift from the soul. Only in stillness can I meet mySelf. Here, I am one with Divine Love and Divine Guidance. I am transcending the world’s illusion – and my own, too.
All this happens in silence. Just like this. An innate and natural connection with what is sacred and holy. Just like this.
From my heart to your heart,
About the Transformational Retreat
Join Claudia on a transformational retreat “In the Silence of Your Heart” in the heart of Tuscany, Italy from 23rd – 29th June 2023. Imagine calming the noise in your mind, leaving behind the busyness of your life and slipping into silence and stillness where nature meets you in her full abundance. Learn to go within and discover yourself more deeply.
This retreat is an opportunity to escape your busy life, pause and go on an inward journey where you will meet yourself in a place of inner peace. A profound part of this retreat is a one day silence. This provides precious space for pause and inner growth. Quiet time and inner reflection reveals how I want to move forward in my life.