Observing silence, known as mauna in Sanskrit, is a way of transforming the mind. The first time I observed silence, I started with a half–a-day then for a full 24-hours. I found observing silence for 5-days to be so calming and peaceful that I did not want it to end.
As you observe silence the mental chatters begins to lessen. Quieting the mind is needed to be able to tune-in and listen on a deeper level. Let go of any serious approach towards this practice. Have fun being with your Self. Here are a few tips to guide you.
- Choose a day. Let pertinent family members know your intentions so they are supportive.
- Anticipate your needs and prepare in advance. Pre-buy food so you do not have to engage others at the market.
- Refrain from: Talking; emailing or texting; accessing the Internet; watching TV; and listening to music, the radio or other people’s conversations. Do not read the news or non-spiritual literature. Resist gesturing in place of words as a way of communicating.
- When you begin you may feel restless. This is natural. Be easy and do not judge yourself.
- Remain awake and alert until bedtime. This is not a time to sleep.
- Meditate to calm and quiet the mind while expanding your awareness.
- Experience each moment as it is without trying to analyze or explain it.
- Be in the present moment and practice mindfulness with gratitude.
- You may read inspirational or spiritual literature – readings that support your silence.
- Journal your insights or impressions of your experience.
Are you ready to practice the art of observing silence?