Surrender to Silence
by Jeanne Adams, Co-Owner of Inner Connections Yoga
William Butler Yeats once said, “We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us to see their own images and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even a fiercer life because of our silence.” Being present in our own quiet hearts can make us a reflecting pool and those who gather around will tend to see their own images. When we are awake to life, we use language to communicate while knowing that another, more powerful communication is taking place at a deeper level of awareness.
When we surrender to silence, our communication becomes what singer/songwriter Van Morrison calls “the inarticulate speech of the heart.” We gaze into the eyes of another without sharing our stories of who we are and what we have accomplished and instead sense the pure light of existence shining within that person.
There is an awareness that exists beyond words and allows our direct experience to be completely fresh. I remember a few times while I was in college, I came home to sit in the presence of my parents and family. I did not need to say anything to them about why I was there or what perhaps had happened that brought me home that particular day. The healing occurred simply by being with them and in their presence without ever speaking a word.
John tells a story about neighbors who lived near him in Garden City, Kansas. They were an older couple who John would visit a few times a week. He sat on the Radke’s front porch – they in red, metal chairs and John sitting between them. They would talk for a few moments, then sit in silence. They watched as a bird took to flight, as the breeze caressed the leaves of a tree, and as cars passed on the street, never a word spoken yet experiences shared between them with the heart.
This quietness of the heart recognizes a depth in each of us that has never spoken, a quiet that simply allows anything to arise and pass through the mental landscape. We relax into the quiet that contains the mind; then we become more accustomed to noticing the quiet rather than fixating on the noise of mostly useless thoughts. The habit of relaxing into the still center of pure presence not matter what the mind may be doing, becomes an effortless living meditation, rather than an effort to meditate and still the mind.
When minds are resting in silence, a fantastic communication occurs. Someone once asked the great Indian teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj – whose dialogues appear in the classic book I Am That – what he thought might happen if he met Ramana Maharshi, another of the great saints of India. “Oh, we would probably be very happy,” responded Nisargadatta Maharaj. “We may even exchange a few words.”
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