In the quiet,
The messages come
Like shy woodland creatures
Just waiting to emerge from
The shadows of their withdrawal
Insight and courage
Dance wind on the mind
Hidden hopes and dreams
Of the deeper kind
Find safety in your open arms
Together you celebrate
On the lush, vibrant banks
It’s the River of Grace
That you should truly thank
For delivering these gifts of God
But without the space
And quiet… and solitude
You would not have heard
These shifts in moods
That herald in your own creativity
Nurture the fox
That rest and hides
In the deep, hidden
Crevices of your mind
Just waiting to emerge
To coalesce and converge
From the shadows of your withdrawal
- Quiet is necessary… withdrawal is necessary
- It is so easy to fill our day with distractions. Anything to keep us from dwelling on our physical pain, mental pain, to-do lists, “if-only lists,” thoughts of disappointment or loss, and all the other uncomfortable places our mind and body will go. Right?
- I am discovering there is a difference between “being alone” and spending time “alone with ourselves”… in silence.
- I am often “alone” but I will have some external distraction, whether it is music, the T.V., a book… anything to keep my mind “busy!”
- I have now started to incorporate the practice of silent periods in to my day.
- It doesn’t have to be a long period of time. 5-10 minutes a day is plenty.
- Think of this as a gift to yourself.
- Quiet time to listen. To hear what your heart’s desires are. To sit with feelings of grief of loss. To feel your feelings, whatever they are. To follow your intuitive voice or the voice of God.
- This time of withdrawal can be a period of contemplation, meditation, prayer.
- Creativity comes when we gives ourselves pause to hear inspiration.
- This silent time may feel uncomfortable at first. That’s okay. It takes time for a our minds to settle into this space.
- It helps me to focus on something: my breathing (4 counts in, 4 counts out), on tightening and relaxing each muscle in my body until I am at peace, or on a one word mantra:
- This morning I used the word “center.” At some point my mind changed it to “believe. center, believe. center” on my in breath and out breath. A serenity came over me and I felt completely relaxed. I also intuitively knew I was right where I am supposed to be at this moment in time. I “believed” without question. I was quiet long enough for my soul to come to its own conclusion.
- So I challenge you to turn off all external noise, to quiet yourself and let your mind float wherever it may. Then come back here and let me know what you discovered!
(“Shadows of Withdrawal” poem written by me, Tamara P.)