Often, when I go outside to feed the horses, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, I am struck by how quiet it is. The snow covering the earth seems to accentuate the silence. I am also struck by a powerful presence. When I really take the time to look at the sky, the light on the snow, the enormity of the trees, I feel nourished. When my head is quiet, and I am attending to where I place my feet (very important when your driveway is a skating rink!), and I am consciously looking around being here now, I am awed by nature. Something happens. Something important.
I am sure the scientists could explain it to me. However, more important than knowing how it is I come to feel nourished, I need to be silently present every day. I need to let my system be cleansed and energized by this powerful energy of nature. I actually sit in silence, staring out my living room window, often with a cup of tea, everyday, for at least twenty minutes. If I do not do this, I get agitated. I know the agitation is my inner healer telling me to be in silence. The horses know the importance of silence, of doing nothing. They can spend hours standing silently in nature. Sometimes they are sleeping. Sometimes they are meditating, connecting to spirit. And, sometimes they are simply being silent and taking in nature’s healing energy. Our systems need to have periods of doing nothing.
The doing of nothing while being silent allows some inner processing to happen, some inner re-energizing. This silent time allows you to be creative in whatever you do later in the day. Things fall into place internally, which make the things you do productive and easier. The winter is a beautiful time to practice silence and start enjoying the benefits of the practice of wordlessness. People tell me that they cannot shut their inner chatter off. I suggest you give your head a job by focusing on deep breathing – this makes it difficult to think. Then, set a timer for one minute of silence. When you are ready, try two minutes. Each day, try extending how long you sit in silence. As well as having your head focus on your breathing, it is helpful to look at something beautiful. It could be a tree in your yard. It could be a picture of nature hanging on a wall in your house. Give yourself the gift of silence!