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41 Days

Of Getting Quiet

My stretching exercise, beginning tomorrow, (and this is seriously a stretch for me) is to commit to something that I know will step me more into my power, something I've (for some unknown reason) resisted for years.  It is to establish a mediation/sitting & breathing quietly practice.  I can't tell you how long I've heard these whispers telling me that mediation would be so good and nurturing for me and, although I've meditated sporadically, I've never truly committed to a daily practice.  So, that's what I'm going to do. 

The commitment is this:  15 minutes (minimum) of daily sitting/breathing/quiet/non-doing.  No excuses.  And because my 41st Birthday (yikes) is a few days away, I'm going to commit to 41 days of this.  I have learned that if I don't make a commitment to myself, if I don't schedule it into my day, it typically doesn't happen.  The clearer I am, the more likely it is to happen. 

***If the idea of committing to 41 days of getting quiet sounds like something that would nurture/stretch you, I would love to have some company! You can jump in here anytime.  And if you decide to join me, I'd love to hear about how's it going.  You can use the comment section to check in and share your experience.

To read more about initial inspiration behind 41 Days, go to this post

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson


*Day 1:  2/19/11
    of getting quiet
This morning I sat for 20 minutes...I sat while my eight-year-old screamed in the next room (she was very upset because she wanted to make the smoothie), I sat while the dog whined to get out, I sat with the chirping birds and the little beams of sunlight coming through the window, I sat with my busy mind that really wanted to pick up a book or a pen...I just sat there with all of it.  And it was good.

*Day 3:  2/21/11
     of getting quiet
Today I sat out on my front deck, on a comfy cushion...watched myself breathe, listened to the birdies singing madly, felt the cool air on my face, caught my mind wandering several time and brought myself back to my breathing, the bird sounds, the sun.  It was beautiful.  In just three days of this, my mind has quieted a bit, all kinds of ideas and inspiration is pouring in...I'm sure there are other reasons for this but, wow, this feels so so very good for my spirit.  

*Day 7:   2/25/11  
   of getting quiet
Today was my seventh day of getting quiet.  I woke up extra early and did some super slow, meditative yoga, followed by some sitting & breathing time.  I've mostly been doing these meditations first thing in the morning-it's been so good to start the day slowly and quietly.  I've had more energy than I know what to do with this week, there is just so much inspiration and goodness and gratitude flowing through me.  In addition to my 15 minutes, I'm finding myself making space for quiet during times when I start to feel a little off-kilter.  This getting stuff seems to be a very good thing.

*Day 10:  2/28/11
    of getting quiet
It is feeling so good to start my day quietly, especially when my mind has been wanting to run around all over the place.  The sitting still & breathing grounds my day and slows everything down.  I've been surprised that I haven't had any resistance to this daily practice (so far). Declaring my commitment in this space has really motivated me to keep showing up.  But, more than that, it's a gift I know I want to keep giving to myself.  This is one of the ways I'm learning to nurture all of me and I'm very grateful that it's starting to feel like something I just do.

*Day 15:  3/6/11
    of getting quiet
I don't have a whole lot to report but just wanted to check in here.  Today is the beginning of week three of getting quiet.  I am so very glad that I declared my commitment here because I am pretty sure I would have found many reasons to back out of this.  Life has been very very full lately, lots going on and seemingly little time.  I'm very aware that often the first thing that goes when busyness comes is the very things that are the most nurturing to my spirit (exercise, yoga, quiet, etc...) it feels good to be investing this time in something that I know and feel is so very good for me.  What I am finding is that time seems to open up when I get my daily dose of quiet, I am calmer, I am less prone to allowing my mind to take over, I feel more grounded, more trusting.  I am happy to say that I haven't skipped a day yet and that feels very good.  I think a little celebration is in order!  

Anyone out there wanna join me?  If you have been joining me in giving yourself the gift of quiet...I'd love to hear about it.

*Day 30:  3/21/11

This morning marked the 30th day of my daily getting quiet.  I keep wishing I had something really profound to report  :)  but, really, it's just been about showing up for this time with myself each day, no excuses, no needing it to be any particular way.  It feels like a relief to know that somewhere in my day (no matter how crazy-busy things get), I will make the time for this 15 minutes.  And I have done that. It feels so good to stick with something that has nothing to do with doing, something that brings me back to center and helps me put things in perspective. 

There have been many days where my mind has been going full speed and, once I just stop and sit, it all slows down, my body relaxes-things don't seem like such a big deal.  I've learned that the instant I let go of my quiet time needing to be any certain way and just become really present with whatever is, calm takes over.  Such a beautiful thing.

1 comment :

  1. I am celebrating with you, beautiful friend. These moments of quiet are really helping me to remind myself of the need for self-care. It just feels so good to nurture myself with quiet. Here with you on this journey! Love you.


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