“Our spirit has an instinct for silence. Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe.” ~ Anne D. LeClaire
April is the month that I nurture my soul through extended meditation, journaling, spending time in nature, spiritual reading, and coming to the silence within. It is during these times of silence that I actually hear more. Yes, I hear the sounds of nature, birds chirping, the wind, traffic in the distance, but it goes beyond the auditory sounds, as I hear my inner guru and intuition. Once I let go of the busyness of everyday life and slow down, I connect to a deeper wisdom.
Just the other day, I was on a walk and I heard the inner voice that said to stop and take a picture of the grasses on the side of the road. These grasses weren’t anything special; they were just a small clump surrounded by dirt and rocks. During my normal daily life, I either wouldn’t have heard the inner voice or I would have ignored it thinking I need to get home and accomplish the things on my To Do list. But, when I come from this place of stillness and silence, I choose to listen to the voice and so I sat on the ground and got stickers in my butt and then saw that the sun was magnificently shining through the grasses and I captured the photo pictured at the top of the blog. On another walk, I heeded the call to go in front of a furniture store and there was this glorious flower that I had never seen before and I photographed it. Then I took my camera out during my journaling time in the backyard and one of my power animals, the hummingbird, came to a nearby flower and I was able to catch it on film (okay the cloud). In addition to taking photographs of the hummingbirds, I just sat, watched and experienced them. One of the things I had never noticed before were their amazing tiny little claws. Just slowing down and observing nature brings me to state of peace and clarity.
You might say, “Who cares about getting the message about what picture to take,” but for me, it's those little steps that lead up to getting the answers to the bigger questions. Plus, you do actually benefit from the messages I receive, as I post the pictures on the blog. The book, A Course in Miracles tells us to be still and you will hear the answers to your questions and get guidance from a spirit greater than your own. This is true for me, as I journal and ask questions from this place of silence, I am able to receive the answers. No, I don’t hear a booming voice telling me the purpose of life. But, for example, this week I was amazed after asking to learn more about my purpose in life that I opened an email that had a link to an author I didn’t know about and when I read his book, it provided me just the wisdom and guidance I needed to hear. (Spoiler alert – the next blog will be about this amazing author and book). The answers don’t come in booming voices, but they come in many ways like emails, a flyer for a conference, a friend gives you a book or you overhear a conversation. You have to be aware to hear the answers. But the answers are there if you genuinely listen. I agree with Anne D. LeClaire that our soul yearns for stillness and when we spend time in silence we will come to a deeper sense of our self and our purpose.
Do you spend time in silence? Why or Why Not?
What happens when you spend time in silence?
How do you connect to your intuition?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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