Two weeks ago, I attended my first silent retreat. I’m not sure I’ve ever spent so much dedicated time in prayer and meditation, but something within my body settled into that slow and quiet rhythm faster than I anticipated.
While I expected to be bored or anxious, my soul welcomed the opportunity to get still and simply listen.
This week’s intention
Since the retreat, I’ve worked to bring more quiet and presence into my busy workweek. I forced myself to get up from my desk and spend 20 mins outside in nature each day.
For most of the time, I simply close my eyes and listen to the sounds of the birds, insects and whistling trees. It’s a magnificent symphony that anchors me in a beautiful, and much more productive, place.
My intention is to listen more deeply.
This week, I hope you also find a way to listen for the hidden, or often ignored sounds, in your life. Close your eyes during a conference call and really hear the unique tenor of someone’s voice, pause to appreciate the majesty of laughter, or go outside and listen to nature.
Whatever you pick, practice listening for it at least once a day. Hold this intention in your mind and see what sounds peak your interest. Slow down and listen to what your heart, mind or body may be trying to tell you.
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