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Silence – My Miracle Morning SAVERS

By on November 2, 2019

Silence – My Miracle Morning SAVERS 

This post is part of a series about the Miracle Morning, a book by Hal Elrod that I introduced here

The Miracle Morning

The first S in what Hal Elrod refers to as the Life SAVERS is for Silence. Generally meaning meditation or prayer.  Although it is first in the list, I never actually practice it first in my morning routine! It comes more towards the end for me, because I need some time to wake up and drink my coffee! If I were to go straight into silent meditation there is a good chance I would fall right back asleep!

 

In thinking about Silence for this post I remembered this famous exchange with Dan Rather and Mother Teresa:

Dan Rather, CBS television interviewer, asked Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “When you pray, what do you say to God?”
Teresa: “I don’t say anything, I listen.”
Rather: “Well okay … when God speaks to you, then, what does he say?”
Teresa: “He doesn’t say anything. He listens. … And if you don’t understand that, I can’t explain it to you.”

 

I have written a lot about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation in this blog, here is a link to my post Mindfulness Explained, and a link to my 25 Minute Guided Meditation

 

To be honest this part of the Miracle Morning is not my most transformative. For people who have never practiced meditation before, I can imagine that adding this would make a huge difference! And I’ve definitely heard a lot of people say that this practice, starting their day with even 4-5 minutes of silent meditation, changes and improves their whole day! Some people do more, aiming for 10, 20 or even 40 minutes. 

So it hasn’t felt as transformative because I’ve done so many years of meditation in my life and my real practice these days is an integrated mindfulness throughout the day. But having said that, there is nothing that can replace sitting in silence, and the Miracle Morning has got me back into a DAILY silent meditation practice which I hadn’t been doing consistently. 

The power of the Miracle Morning is in the daily consistency of the routine.   

 

I usually sit in Silence for 5 or 6 minutes. I like to do it after my Affirmations, to let that feeling of optimism and positivity sink into my body.  I use the time to rest my mind, and drop my attention and awareness into my body (which I think is extremely important to do!) My default at that hour would be to use that time to plan out my day and think about everything I need to get done, so I have to be attentive to bring my mind back to the present moment, in which nothing needs to get done. To just be there.  

As a real estate agent, and a self-employed entrepreneur, it is very easy to feel that there is ALWAYS more to do, and never enough time to do it all.  My income is 100% commission based, so what I am able to do and accomplish directly affects my livelihood in a way I didn’t feel when I was on salary. So I think it is really important in this busy life to be able to reconnect to this feeling of calm, that at this very moment there is absolutely nothing to do. Just breathe.

So that’s it friends! My take on Silence! What about you? Is this an important part of your day? Something you’d like to incorporate more of? Or something you struggle with? I’d love to hear from you!

 

I’ll end with some of my favorite quotes about Silence:

“Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.”

~ Leonora Carrington

“Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?”

~ Lawrence Durrell, Justine

“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”

~ Lao Tzu 

“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

~ Rumi

“All is known in the sacredness of silence.”

~ Rumi

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Amber
Cambridge, MA

From nine to five, I am a Senior Program Officer at a small non-profit working in International Public Health. In the rest of my hours I am a yoga and meditation teacher, a health enthusiast, an aspiring vegan, an amateur photographer, and most importantly, a mother of two.

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