Chapter Six: Finding A Place Of Silence & Solitude.

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Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything. ~ Sons of Korah [1]


First, I’d like to invite you to do something our society knows very little about. Be still and sit in a moment of silence & solitude.

So, here’s your assignment.

Go find yourself a nice quiet place where distractions will be at a minimum. You might go outside into nature, finding a quiet, serene place where you can sit for a moment and be away from all the noise. I suggest that you turn off your electronic devices for just a moment. This won’t take long.

Now, as you are sitting in this quiet place, get comfortable with your body. Position yourself in such a way that your hands and feet are at rest. Relax yourself. Loosen up those tight muscles, allowing the tension to drop off your shoulders. Now, as you feel a bit more relaxed, give your mind permission to take a short break. Try your best to slow down your thoughts so you are not processing a mile a minute. Next, take a series of deep, deep breaths. Go slow. Feel yourself drawing in a breath. Let the air out slowly. Give yourself about 2 to 3 minutes of relaxed breathing. Enjoy the quiet around you.

How does that feel?

For some, it’s quite uncomfortable at first, but over time, if you practice this slow breathing exercise on a regular basis, you’ll begin to feel a growing peace and relaxed state within. Therapists say that the tension and trauma we experience on a daily basis actually finds a resting place in our physical body. [1] Practicing this slow breathing exercise on a regular basis is actually allowing both your body and your mind to detox, allowing the trauma and tension of each day to let go and fall harmlessly on the floor.

Shhh.

 

 

 

A space of quiet! A taste of silence.

 

 

 

Now, only when you’re ready, let’s add in a second blessing…


[1] The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.


[1] Psalm 46: 10 (MsgB)


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