Imagine your whole world coming to a standstill and the only sound you hear is the gentle inhale and exhale of your own breath. How does that feel?
Within the dashing excitement and twinkling lights of this holiday season try to make time for silence and stillness to recharge your soul. Sit down on the floor with your kids and introduce the practice with your kids. You have to start somewhere and the earlier your children see you slowing down to be present the better.
Virtually every moment of the day our consciousness is penetrated and interrupted by noise. Reflecting the noise of the world is the noise of the mind with our varied thoughts be they loving, anxiety inducing, angry, happy, or exciting. Searching for silence is a reprieve from the excitement, distraction, and stimuli swirling around us like a whirlwind.
When we set aside time for silence we cast an emptiness upon our minds which gives way to awareness. We start being and stop doing. Stillness gives way to peace and we start to cultivate an inner serenity that we bring with us into the world. If you would like to experience a more joyful and peaceful holiday this year share the gift of silence and stillness with your family.