On Friday at 11am, I shut off my car radio for 10 minutes to respect a moment of silence. After this week of upheaval and turmoil I feel as though the world needed a global moment of silence. Silence is powerful. It allows our us to still our minds, and also gives us the space to reflect without stimulation from our environment. Silence is also a sign of respect. For Remembrance Day, we are silent to show gratitude and respect to those who risk our lives for freedom. In a conversation, we are silent as a sign of listening to and respecting our friends/family. When we meditate we are silent to give our minds a rest, so we can listen to the needs our mind/body in order to heal and restore.
Regardless of your political stance, you can feel the palpable upset and agitation of the world this week. Not a lot of listening, but a lot of acting and voicing. History is also a powerful resource to study and reflect on. We don’t know how far we’ve come until we’ve looked back at our journey, reflecting on the lessons that we had learned. In the short week we have taken a few steps back, but we are still miles forward from where we started. We can actually voice our opinions (free speech is one of the many rights which was fought for, thanks in part to our veterans). The more we listen to each other and learn from our previous history, the further we advance. Always believe in humanity and don’t lose hope – humankind thrives on hope (hence, “human” “kind”).
It’s the same theme when dealing with our own growth and personal histories. We can’t see our growth unless we pause and reflect on our own journey. Compare yourself to how you were in past years, not to other people, when evaluating your own personal growth. We also need to pause and reflect, to allow the lessons we’ve learned from previous experiences to present themselves and stick in our minds. Allow your self the space and time to grow. Listen to what your mind and body is telling you, not to the fear and influences around you. You know what you need best, you just have to be open and silent enough to hear it.
So this weekend, go for a walk or just sit outside and bask in the super full moon, and remember to: pause, reflect, heal, and hope.
Happy healing everyone.