91 days of silence

There are 91 days remaining until the end of the year. I’ve been wondering about what, if anything (besides eating, bathing and sleeping), I could commit to doing every single day for the rest of the year that would enhance my life and not feel like a chore.

It’s easy to think of things I could commit to not doing for 91 days. Wash dishes. Put laundry away. Commute to work. For example.

There are many things I love to do. Scrapbook. Stargaze. Run. Go wine tasting. But for 91 days in a row?

I’d like to commit to a five mile run every single day for 91 days, but I’m not that crazy (although never say never). Starting small, I think, would be a more viable option. I want the task to be something challenging, but not impossible. Inspiring, but not over the top.

In today’s fast-paced life, silence seems beyond our grasp. At home or at the office, in the car, school, grocery store, post office, bank, waves of sound bounce to and fro, transmitting messages, sucking energy.

Preschool-age children are incapable of silence for longer than a minute; they ignore our pleas for a library voice.

I just thought of something.

How about ten minutes of daily quiet alone time?

By quiet alone time, I mean:

  • No talking
  • No listening to small voices (or any voices)
  • No looking
  • No music
  • No doing anything

I also mean:

  • Breathing
  • Listening to breath
  • Exploring inner vision
  • Being

When? It doesn’t matter. Mornings would be nice, but not likely.

Where? Anywhere except in a moving vehicle.

How? See what I mean above. I plan to enjoy a seated meditation, eyes closed, every day for the next 91 days.

A Chinese Taoist philosopher, Lao Tzu, said “Silence is a source of great strength.”

Can I do it? Will 10 minutes a day make a difference? I’ll let you know on the 1st day of the New Year.  


One thought on “91 days of silence

  1. I think I’m going to try this too. I didn’t get a chance to do it to start the month yesterday but will begin tonight! Thanks for the idea 🙂

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