As I gradually bring myself back out into the world after 10 days of silence, I can't help but notice that everything visually seems more crisp and vivid, things are more pungent in both taste and smell, and it's a very LOUD place we live in! So many different layers of sound. Oh my! 😋
There's so much I could share about my experience (and still sooooo much to contemplate and process) so for now I'll keep it simple. - The words "Start again" have a new meaning; the silence was the easiest part for me; it was a roller coaster of thoughts, feelings and emotions; it was odd to "live" with 60 + people and not know anyone's name or what they sound like; just when you think you understand something about yourself/life, dig deeper because there's more than meets the eye; this was one of the top 3 most challenging life experiences for me to date; I've been preparing for quite a while and I'm grateful for my upbringing, strong foundation of integrity, and moral compass and there's so much more programming and conditioning to unravel; Being with oneself 24/7 is the ultimate inward journey; it's amazing how many thoughts revolve around futurizing and regurgitating the past. Very few reside in the present moment; What I've learned is that when we take the time to create mental space in whatever way that works best for us, we also make room for even more gratitude and appreciation for the people and the current situations in our lives; and this increased level of love and compassion I have for myself, those closest to me, and for the entire universe cannot be described in this moment!
May all beings be happy, peaceful, loving, compassionate, liberated, harmonious, and equanimous! Love and Namasté 🙏 (Expanded version available on Facebook! Instagram made me cut it short!) 😉
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