“Have faith in the stillness my friends, it is good for you and it is good for those that live and work around you. Think of it like this: Imagine a light bulb over and above your head as you are entering a darkened room. Before you enter the stillness, this light is very dim, just a glowing filament and It is difficult to see the path with only this dim light. As you sit and clear the mind of chatter, imagine that the light is becoming brighter as the mind becomes quieter. After stillness, the light is recharged -- bright and brilliant, lighting up the room where it is easy to see and where others can safely walk as well."--The 11:11 Progress Group
Later today I will be starting a 10-day silent meditation retreat. I am excited. Nervous. And a little bit unsure.
Can I really do this? Can I really be silent and meditate for ten days?
And that's it folks. Just meditation. For TEN DAYS.
No books. No music. No internet. No TV. No conversation. Just meditation. And sleep. And a bit of food. Maybe a shower here and there and a short walk after lunch.
But mostly it's just gonna be me and my mind sitting there wrestling with one another. Or, perhaps, not wrestling. Maybe we'll get along great when we're alone and far from the madding crowds of everyday life. Maybe we'll be just fine.
I have been thinking about this for awhile....wanting to do it, but not pulling the trigger. I came up with many reasons why it just wouldn't work - the kids, the dog, my volunteer responsibilities, the dog...did I mention the dog? I'm her person, how can I leave her for ten days? What will she do?
But every time I tried to get out of it my guides sent me this very clear message: "YOU'RE GOING!"
So, I'm going.
I'm packed and everything.
And while I'm gone I'm going to share some of my favorite quotes about meditation with you in case you want to try it yourself. Or in case you already have, but need some inspiration to try it again. Or in case you just need a reason to keep it up.
In the meantime, please send me your thoughts and prayers. See you in December!