I have been drawn to silence ever since I was a little girl. I was not much one for loud noise, big crowds and lots of activity. I am now in my late 50’s and consider silence one of my greatest teachers. I am both blessed and grateful that both my personal life and professional life allow me the daily practice of being in/being with the silence. I am a practicing massage therapist & body-worker. My work is most effective when offered in silence. My personal life is shared with my husband Tom, who also appreciates the quiet simple gifts of life.
I would like to share with you an excerpt from the book titled: Illuminated Life; authored by Joan Chittister:
“The racket and jingle of life – masking as music, news and sitcoms have become the sound barriers to the soul. They protect us from listening to ourselves. What the contemplative knows that modern society has forgotten, it seems, is that the real material of spiritual development is not in books, (not in the noise and outward activity… my words) it is in the subject matter of the self. It is in the things we think about, in the messages we give ourselves constantly, in the civil war of the human soul that we wage daily. But until we are quiet and listen, we can never ever know what is really going on ~ even in ourselves; especially in ourselves. Silence leaves us with only ourselves as company. A day without silence is a day without the presence of self. The pressure and pull of a noisy day denies us the comfort of God.”
*My work as a massage therapist and Hakomi trained body-worker offers each client a place of Stillness, Quiet Attentiveness and Rest. I invite you to go below the surface; to listen to the silence. Perhaps the only thing missing is you.
Be Still and Know