Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, 'Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being'.
I've been in a very contemplative mood lately and when I feel that way I tend to draw inward. You would think that through a pandemic, isolation, lockdowns, that I might be craving the company of others, but the older I get, the more I prefer silence, most of the time.
Monday was my husband's birthday but it was not a very happy day since he had to attend a funeral. This past Sunday (which is the first day of the work week here) was a holiday for the new year. Many people were out and about, celebrating and enjoying the weather over the long weekend, but sadly, the day turned tragic when the 12-year old son of one of his friend's was fatally hit by a car. He said the father was so distraught at the gravesite that he kept collapsing. We don't know the details of what happened but it's usually speed or distraction that causes these types of accidents.
Every time I am out, I see so many people rushing, speeding, racing around other cars, and I wonder where they are all going. Why is everyone always in such a hurry?
Don’t be afraid of taking the slow lane in life.
It brings more happiness. (Jennifer West)
Walking helps me to think, work through feelings, clear my mind.
And that allows me to get back on track and get my mojo back.