In our day-to-day lives, we get so caught up in different activities, and there are all kinds of noises that are constantly going on in our minds. Remember the last time you judged something or complained?
What stops us from uniting with the Source, or even just experiencing inner peace is our mind thinking about this or that. The mind is constantly oscillating between the past and the future and is seldom in the present moment.
Navratri is a time to overcome these tendencies and unite with the Source. Keeping silence for some time can help bring rest to the chattering mind. Silence is one of the ways to clean the mind.
When the mind is quiet, one experiences:
- Deep rest, peace, and clarity
- Better communication abilities
- Sharper observation & more awareness
- Stronger intuition
Some of the ways to observe silence are:
- Simply observe silence for the first hour of your day.
- Take little pauses through the day. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths in. Observe your thoughts and feelings.
- Meditate twice a day. This would be a great way of simply quieting the mind, relaxing and energizing it.
- Do the Navratri special advanced meditation program (AMP) at The Art of Living center. It will truly give you a deep rest.
“You think a celebration is only in noise, and silence is only mourning. When people are celebrating, they make too much noise and when people are silent, they simply mourn. Somebody died, or someone is in a horrible situation, then they keep silent. Our (spiritual) celebration is totally different and our silence is completely opposite. We are joyful yet keeping silence. That is how joy gets its depth, and silence in its true sense becomes a dominating force in our life.
This silence is not that silence of sadness, and the celebration is not just very frivoling and superficial.”
As said by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The Art of Living Founder