In memory of Shihan Sister, Ellen Phillips, Elly. This is her last writing on her Blog. I will miss her and her rare talent of writing. And she will be with all of us in this retreat, in spirit.
It’s not easy to be quiet, or be in quiet, these days. Unless you live in a monastery, it’s practically a lost art. We all know it’s good for us. At some point, we’ve all heard someone say “It’s so loud in here I can’t hear myself think!” We know we must find quiet to recharge, to be able to truly hear the people who need our attention, to hear birdsong. But we’ve become part of a culture that tries to fill every second with sound, activity, excitement. How can we find “the beauty of God”? …………………..
………………….Once you’ve chosen your spot and turned off as much noise as possible, just sit. This is the hardest part.
………………….Your goal here is “for mind and body to drop away,” at least while you sit, and for quiet to gather within you. Every time you do it, it becomes easier to drop into silence. And when you come out, it becomes easier to hold that silence in yourself.
Link to Elly’s Blog: https://thereikiblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/what-is-the-sound-of-silence/