5 Ways to Cultivate the Silence Within


By: Gaia Staff  |  March 23, 2014

Many of us spend our lives searching for inner peace. We look for it in our thoughts, our surroundings, perhaps in the food that we eat, the people who we choose to be with; however, we can’t look for peace outside and assimilate it within us at the same time. We have to create a silence within us for peace to reside, and we have to look at life from the vantage point of this silence. Only then can we be in a state of bliss.

So here are five ways to cultivate the silence within:

1. Spend five minutes every day observing your thoughts. Make an effort during these five minutes to sit in non-judgement. Let your thoughts pass through your mind. Also make an effort to avoid reliving the emotions brought about by these thoughts, be they positive or negative.

2. Start your day before those in your house do. Even if it’s just fifteen minutes early, spend those first fifteen minutes of the day with yourself. Water your plants. Drink lukewarm lemon and honey water. Stretch. Smile. Read. Making this daily commitment will help you to nurture a more fulfilling relationship with yourself, and this will ensure a better quality day and life.

3. Pursue an extra-curricular activity with passion. If you’ve always wanted to learn photography, do so now. If you’ve always wanted to learn krav maga, do so now. If you’ve always wanted to start a yoga practice, start now. Making time and putting in the effort to pursue something you’ve been putting off creates a behavioural pattern which tells you that what you want to do can be fulfilling, and enables you to put yourself first.

4. Accept the situation and work around it. You might not like your job, or your neighbor or your current haircut, but until you can change it, your only choice is to deal with it. So deal with it.

5. Breathe deeply. Breathe whether you are stressed, overwhelmed, happy, annoyed, joyful, irritated, elated, blissful, worried, tired, energetic, optimistic, pessimistic, disappointed, fascinated or delighted. Always breathe.


 

Pragya Bhatt

I was born in Delhi, and travelled the world to live in different countries, from the Middle East to South America, with my parents, who are diplomats. I’ve been practicing Yoga for ten years and teaching for the past three years. I contribute my thoughts about yoga to publications and on my own blog.  I enjoy reading and walking in my spare time and currently live and teach in Bangalore, India.
Website: www.yogawithpragya.wordpress.com
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