According to Yoga philosophy, silence lies at our core. You might say that God is silent. This is not an empty, sad silence, but a silence filled with presence, with love. It is the silence of our True Self. But few of us ever experience it because of the noisy mind.
One way to get a taste of the deep nurturing joy of the inner silence is to attend a silence retreat. As we stop talking, our mind also begins to quiet.
This past weekend I co-led a silence retreat for a small group of 10 attendees. The small group worked well for a silence retreat.
The retreat was held at a beautiful, secluded retreat center in the hills near San Marcos, California, in San Diego County. The environment was perfect.
The participants engaged silent meditation, deep relaxation, hatha yoga, prayer, and introspection. There were also opportunities for one-on-one mentoring sessions.
Silence is healing. The participants glowed, and loved their break from the noisy world.
If you're feeling stressed and would like to reconnect with a deeper sense of wholeness and peace, I recommend attending a silence retreat.
Retreat leaders Silvia Baratta & Randall Krause (front row, center) with retreat participants.