The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

I had two goals in 2021:

  1. Be a better listener
  2. Go on a silent retreat.

I did research on silent retreats earlier in the year and in a blink, December arrived and I thought it wasn’t going to happen.

Oh well.

Then a series of serendipitous moments, which started with a casual invitation from a friend to put myself on a waitlist at Spirit Rock Meditation Center for a six-day silent retreat

Why not?

An email from Spirit Rock said a spot opened and then quickly retracted (it was sent by mistake).

Oh well.

And then finally, 48 hours before the retreat started, a spot REALLY opened. Someone was exposed to COVID. The final spot.


It’s hard to describe the overall feel in words what it was like to be in noble silence for six days, so I’ll describe it in a couple of songs:

This Will Be

Love, love, love

This Joy

This joy that I have
The world didn’t give it to me

Best of My Love

Doesn’t make much to make me happy

Noble Silence = Golden Insights

Here are three insights — each as delightful as finding the hidden buddhas during my walks in nature.

  1. Not personal, not perfect, not permanent.
  2. Love to love.
  3. Your life is a hologram. How you are being in the small moments, is magnified as a bigger pattern in your entire life.

What do YOU see in your life that’s showing up bigger in life?

Do share! I’d love to hear from you!

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