This year's been really interesting and challenging for me on both a personal and professional level. I've come to the realisation that I'm prone to feeling anxious at times when I'm not getting (read: making) enough 'me' time, or enough consistent nights of quality sleep in a week.
At the same time as this, I've discovered aboutmeditation.com and have been reading Morgan and co.'s wonderful articles and listening to their podcasts. My very favourite, which was one of the first I read and which had a profound impact on me, was Morgan's article about how we need silence much more than we think. Even as I was reading it, I felt like I was becoming reacquainted with an old truth somewhere deep in my heart.
After reading the article, I simply sat quietly on my bed doing nothing at all, embracing the silence I suddenly found myself surrounded by. Something inside my heart blossomed at the sheer bliss of it and I felt drawn to slowing down, getting quiet, sitting still and...observing. I was a little in awe that something so simple could feel so innately healing, and I've meditated on and off for a few years now!
What has silence got to do with space? Well, I don't know about you, but when I am busy and in full flight, which to be honest is the majority of my working week, I can end up feeling very hemmed in and like there's no space left for me to breathe. This morning I was feeling just like this after a lovely but jam-packed week and weekend when suddenly (thank you, my darling heart) I recalled silence and its crucial role in my health and wellbeing. And in recalling silence, and breathing in that moment of mindfulness, I felt like there was a huge expanse of space around me that grew with each breath. Lo and behold, I was back in my centre.
Doing this discovery work in our lives is fascinating and eternally surprising, so I encourage you to really play with this idea this week - get to know what silence means for you in your life. What happens when you become aware of the silence around you and when you connect with that feeling? I'd love to know in the comments what comes up for you.