Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.
You may know that I meditate twice a day; once in the early morning, soon after I awaken, and once in the evening, just before I go to bed. My meditations are not for relaxation – it is a space where I do energy work, check in on my students, community and family, and work with the zero point field and grids of the earth for healing myself and others.
Last year, I added an extra step to my evening meditation. Now when I am finished, I sit quietly for ten to fifteen minutes – not meditating or doing anything intentional – instead I simply sit.
In the ‘just sitting there’ space, I am aware of my breath.
In the ‘just sitting there’ space, I am aware of the sky outside my window, and of the trees and the night-time creatures.
In the ‘just sitting there’ space, I am aware of the temperature, the breeze and any changes to the weather.
In the ‘just sitting there’ space, I am aware of the sounds of my night-time house: the click and pop of the cooling metal on the roof, the occasional hum and whir of the downstairs refrigerator, the soft whimper of a dog as he chases things in his dreams.
There is no purpose to this quiet sitting, except that it is a magical and restful space, which helps me manage stress, anxiety and pain. There is no purpose to this quiet sitting except that it makes me fall in love with the world, and with my home, and with my family, and with myself.
Perhaps you might like to try quiet sitting too. It’s easy, and with a little regular practice, it can be life changing.
Sending you love, hugs and peace, Nicole xx