Day 7: The Wisdom of Quiet
It is late here on the west coast, nearly 11:30. Before beginning this writing practice; actually before beginning this daily kundalini yoga practice, I was usually in bed by ten, sometimes earlier. Shortly after beginning my daily yoga practice, it drifted into the evening, around eight or nine p.m. I like it then. I sleep really well afterward.
I am more of a morning person. I love quiet. I love early morning quiet. There is wisdom in early morning quiet. I feel I can catch things in that quiet that I cannot the rest of the day. Insights, whispers from nature, nudges as to what my day would like to look like.
I am finding a bit of that Wisdom Quiet now in the evenings.
There's no one except for me home for a few months, and so I am enjoying having no TV on in the evenings for now. Having the TV off at night now, for just about a week, I've realized the TV is in many ways our own mind chatter externalized.
And so of late, I have been completing my kundalini yoga and meditation in the evening. My alter recently migrated to my bedroom and I have enough space to complete my yoga on the floor in front of the alter. I turn on the bedside lamp, which casts a soft light off of the yellow walls and the practice helps me drop into and recognize the Wisdom of Nighttime Quiet. As I sit here at the computer, I have a candle and another soft light glowing and it is quiet, except for the soft breathing of my dog sleeping nearby. I feel Wisdom surrounding me.
So what is Wisdom Quiet? I don't know if there are words for it. It's a Body Quiet. When things are quiet around me, I am able to sink into my body and allow it to do the listening. And then things happen, yoga gets experienced, a writing practice evolves out of seemingly nowhere. And then sleep can happen without the worries of the mind.
I am a believer, a student of the Wisdom of Quiet. And I am grateful.
It is 11:50 p.m. on the west coast. I have been writing for 24 minutes and 2 seconds. Today is 23 days of kundalini yoga and meditation, 7 days of this writing practice. I am complete.