I’ve been thinking a lot about silence recently, especially silence of the mind, and how to make it practical.
Silence retreats are great—time for reflection and change. But I want to be able to experience this even when I can’t take time off and escape day-to-day life
When you meditate, you are in a place that no-one else can enter...
this place is yours alone...
and in this place you can see yourself clearly.
On my spiritual journey with the Brahma Kumaris, one of the many beautiful transformations has been from ‘reacting’ to ‘responding’ to situations or people. People ask me, ‘well, what’s the difference between the two?’ I understood the difference more clearly once I felt the result of both within me. Allow me to share some insights on these two R’s from my experiences.
Diwali, the Hindu ‘festival of lights’ is celebrated every year with great pomp, especially in India. This year’s celebrations got me thinking deeply about the spiritual significance of this festival. Although Diwali is popular in India and among those with Indian backgrounds, may I suggest that this celebration is relevant for all souls of the world?
I meditate to re-experience my own goodness and for me this brings things into perspective. Small niggling doubts about how my life is turning out are softened. Slow burning worries about my future security (and that of our planet's) are given a more optimistic direction, not as a denial or cover-up, but rather as an inspiration to appreciate that many things are OK.
Lately I have been practicing my spiritual efforts to be a detached observer. I feel that this broad bird’s eye ‘view’ is so vital in today’s times of hurt, sorrow and suffering. For me, it has been a beautiful pivot to gain some perspective on my ‘inner stage’ whilst taping into my inner wisdom.