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In turbulent times, when life is roaring like a wild storm, it can be difficult to keep a clear head. But that’s when it’s important to find an oasis of calm. In this article, I would like to give you a simple step-by-step guide to silence meditation to help you maintain inner calm even in the midst of the storm.
The world around us is often loud and hectic, and it can be hard not to be overwhelmed by it. Especially in times of change, when everything seems to be shifting, it is crucial to find a place of silence and inner peace.
Why do we need silence?
Silence is not just the absence of noise, but a state of inner peace and tranquillity. In silence we find clarity, serenity and the opportunity to connect with our inner self.
What is silent meditation?
Silence meditation is a practice in which you consciously seek outward silence in order to explore our inner world. It is about calming the mind by detaching from thoughts and simply being in the here and now.
Silence meditation takes place in a location that is as quiet as possible. In an upright and quiet sitting position, without moving, you dive deep into your inner self. There should be no external distractions so that you can concentrate fully on yourself and your reactions to the silence. This can be particularly challenging at first, as many people feel that their thoughts are racing and becoming louder rather than quieter precisely because of the absolute silence. However, with practice, most experience a balance to the everyday stress and restlessness of the mind. Instead, they feel a deep and restful relaxation during meditation. The practice of silent meditation in particular clearly shows us how much we are distracted by external stimuli in everyday life and avoid opening up our inner space.
Benefits of silent meditation
- Start by practicing in a quiet environment and with comfortable clothing. Later, you can use it in any situation.
- Even a few minutes of daily practice is enough.
- Supports both mental and physical health.
- Increases your well-being and inner peace
- Improves your concentration and clarity & reduces stress
- Accessible to almost everyone, including young people
- Religious or spiritual beliefs are not required to experience the positive effects of silent meditation.
Effects of silent meditation
The regular practice of silent meditation can have a profound impact on your life. It helps you to get to know yourself better, observe your thoughts and feelings and make more conscious decisions.
Here is a step-by-step guide for your stillness meditation
These points can guide you on your journey to stillness:
1. find a quiet place
Find a place where you can feel undisturbed. This could be a secluded room in your home, a quiet park or even a quiet corner in a busy café. Choose a place that invites you to let go and calm down.
2. sit down comfortably
Sit in a comfortable position, either on a chair or on the floor with your legs crossed. Keep your spine upright but relaxed and place your hands gently on your knees or in your lap.
3. close your eyes
Gently close your eyes and allow your mind to focus on the present moment. Let your eyelids relax and your facial muscles relax.
4. breathe consciously
Focus your attention on your breath. Feel how it flows into your body and observe how it flows out again. Let your breath flow freely without controlling it and allow it to lead you into a state of relaxation.
5 Observe your thoughts
As you meditate, thoughts will arise. This is normal. Instead of letting them carry you away, simply observe them without clinging to them or judging them. Let them come and go like clouds in the sky and sit in stillness like a mountain.
6. return to stillness again and again
In the course of your meditation, you may be distracted by your thoughts. That is okay. As soon as you notice your mind wandering, gently return to stillness and observing your breath.
7. practice regularly
Silence meditation is like any other skill – it requires practice and patience. Set yourself the goal of meditating regularly, even if it’s only for a few minutes a day. Over time, you will notice how your ability to find inner peace and serenity improves.
8. be patient with yourself
Finally, be patient with yourself. The practice of stillness meditation is a journey, and every day will be different. Accept that there will be good and bad meditation days, and allow yourself to just be who you are.
9. participation in a silent retreat
Consider attending a silent retreat to deepen your meditation experience. These intensive retreats provide a comprehensive environment for deep inner contemplation and spiritual growth. You can use the experience of the meditation teacher or guru and ask questions about your practice and your personal experiences and obstacles.
By following these steps and developing your own silent meditation practice, you can find a space of calm and serenity in the midst of the storm of life. Allow yourself these precious moments of stillness to center, regenerate and discover the deep inner peace that lies within you.
How can you integrate this into your everyday life?
– Make silent meditation a daily habit.
– A meditation group can help you to make a habit of it. For example, come to Madhukar Meditation Monday. I have written about how to take part here.
– Use small breaks in your everyday life for a silent meditation. Two minutes in silence can be a great benefit for you.
– If you want to deepen your silence, you can also take part in a retreat. These take place online or offline. You can find the next dates here.
Quotes from Madhukar on silence
Sitting in non-action benefits all.
Quotes from Sri HWL Poonja on silence
The place of silence is the place where the ego arises.
No word has yet been found in any dictionary that could express the gratitude of this silence.
Quotes from Ramana Maharshi on silence
Question from a disciple: “How does the mind become still?” Answer: ‘Through inquiry with the question: “Who am I?”
Silence is the strength that carries us through the storm of life. So take time for yourself, find your inner peace and let silence meditation accompany you on your journey.
Silence meditation is a proven practice that aims to calm the mind, sharpen the senses and cultivate a profound inner calm. It is a journey of self-discovery and inner peace that anyone can take, regardless of their background or experience with meditation.
Hi, I am Shivani
blogger and podcaster at Madhukar Enlighten Life. I have known Madhukar since 2004 and do what I can to ensure that his effective message of happiness reaches many people.