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An Unexpected Lesson from 3 Days in Silence

I'm getting ready to go on my second 3 day silent retreat at Kripalu, a yoga and retreat center in the Berkshires.


Read on for the valuable (and unexpected!) lesson I learned on my first one.





“The quieter you become, the more you can hear” - Ram Dass



✨ R E F L E C T


3 days of quiet has a way of teaching you a few things, including:

1 -- You will enjoy the slow down, and also be frustrated and bored with it at the same time

2 -- Next time, remember socks, a brush, and toothpaste

3 -- Don't go for a post-dinner walk alone in the woods

You have no phone (or sense of direction) and you are afraid of both bears and murderers

4 -- It is never too late to change what no longer aligns with your soul

5 -- Don't worry about all the people you thought would try to talk to you; absolutely no one will

But the one that really stands out - the one that really STUCK was this:

I get to create more opportunities for quiet in my actual real life

I don't need to leave the state and retreat into silence for a weekend. 



 T H R I V E



Here are 5 practices I've kept since this trip last year:


1 -- Three slow breaths with hand to heart and belly before I get out of bed

A long-held practice that starts my day with awareness and intention

2 -- Seven minutes of silence each morning

I use the timer function on Insight Timer

3 -- Leave the radio on the 'off' position in the car

Please try this.


I have no clue what's going on in the world of music, but I am calmer

x 1000

4 -- Not filling every second with talks, podcasts, and audiobooks

Tough one for me and I suspect for you too!

There is a time and place, but it's not all the time, every time

5 -- Music off during meals

We have more than enough noise and chaos without it--


These habits may seem small, but they have compounded over the past year.

They are now a powerful reminder that I am in charge of how I go through my days.

You too get to cultivate calm and peace, even in the midst of chaos.

You don't even need to leave your house to do it.




 R E L A T E D P O S T S



19 Truths From a 3 Day Silent Retreat: Takeaways that you can apply to your life today


The Universal Check-In: A simple question to check in with yourself


Finding Calm Amidst Chaos: Build practices that help you check in, so they are available when you actually need them







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