Silence is Delicious

Silence is Delicious

Soft, feathery snowflakes invite me to notice their unhurried pace as they descend from the sky. meditation retreatAnd I do notice. I’m here to breath, relax and practice wrapping self in the quiet.

I am here, sitting cross-legged in the cozy yoga studio with a group of women
ready 
to take a break from the noisy rush of life and explore silence.
Forget time. Forget 
schedules. Be present.

We begin with seated meditation, followed by a gentle Yin Yoga class. I inhale
cooling breath that tickles my nostrils and stretch my body into Sleeping Swan pose.
Opportunity to practice mindfulness comes moment by moment.

After class I follow a trail of Thich Nhat Hanh quotes through the house to a spot on
the couch and cradle a dog-eared copy of ‘Present Moment Wonderful Moment’ in
my lap. In this moment, read a sentence. Peel an orange. Write a passage in a spiral-
bound notebook. In this moment, breathe.

In the kitchen, I stand beside a beautiful ‘Vegetable Whisperer’, helping her put
finishing touches on lunch. A jasmine rice Buddha Bowl brims with veggies and is
covered in Buddha Belly Sauce. Each topping – raw cashews, sprouted lentils, fresh
cilantro and sunflower seeds – make the meal decadent. Resisting the urge to rush,
take my bowl to the dining room and find spot at the table.

The taste of Silence is delicious.

After eating I return to the studio and settle onto a cushion for Japa meditation.White mala beads dangle on my wrist, warmed from the heat of my skin.
I rub each 
pearly bead between the pads of my finger and thumb, repeating a mantra.

Deliberate. Divine. Devotion.
Deliberate. Divine. Devotion.

This practice keeps my monkey mind on a leash. It tries to wander…but can’t get very far.

Deliberate. Divine. Devotion.
Deliberate. Divine. Devotion.

With this intention tucked securely into my heart I am prepared when our day
together comes to an end. I head out into the snow covered evening knowing that
the snowflakes will remind me to slow down and breathe. And even when life
delivers a raging snowstorm, I can find my way to Silence.

~Sacha Farrell

Comments

  1. You captured the essence of the day beautifully Sacha. Thank you!

  2. What a beautiful poem. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your sentiments with us. I am truly blessed and grateful to have been part of this day.

    Namaste
    Marie

  3. You wrap the silence in words so wonderfully Sacha.

    Thank you

    e

  4. You wrap the silence in words so wonderfully Sacha.

    Thank you

    e

  5. Susan scherbak says:

    Good morning…

    Even though I have been away and was unable to attend the silent retreat, I was finally able to tap into the internet a couple of days ago and read Nienke’s email about the retreat and so I began my 21 day daily practice by setting my intention as Nienke suggested and reciting it 108 times each day.
    It has been most wonderful as I begin my day with my mantra using a beautiful set of Mala beads I managed to purchase when we entered Puerto Rico because I had read the email before.They are simple and beautiful and I love the way they feel in my hands as I recite my mantra each morning. I bought them in a small place in old San Juan which oozed beauty, simplicity and ancient ness.
    Finally I thank you Sacha for your beautiful story as I feel I didn’t really miss the day at all by reading your story/poem.

    Blessings…
    Susan

    • Thanks for you comment Susan! You mala sounds very sacred and special!!! I am so glad to hear you are doing the 21 day mantra challenge. Keep it up! Namaste

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