“When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning.”

Eckhart Tolle

What a great reminder that we can be more than beings of habit and conditioning. Becoming the witness to this inner still alertness, opens a door within each of us. The door that leads to freedom and peace.

That is how yoga and meditation enriches my life. I have just returned from a YTT 500 hour teacher training module about Yoga and Transformation at Kripalu.

I see clearly that it takes dedication and a willingness to put in effort, to get to this place of inner freedom and peace.

Being disciplined was never a strength of mine – I rebelled against being told what to do, even by myself! Until I realized that discipline comes from the word disciple meaning follower.

What do I choose to follow? Can I continue to do this? This becomes a much more loving approach…. and one that I continue to take.

Beating myself up for being weak or not being good enough will never make it happen.

Reading about it and expecting it to magically happen will never be enough either.

The answer lies in each of our own experience, and tuning into to this still alertness within us. This is the spark that is alive in us. In each moment.

When we find ourselves off the path, remember that the inner stillness and alertness is just a breath away.

Why not take this moment and let yourself come to this place right now….


25 comments on “* Become Aware of Silence

  1. Namaste, dear Val. Beautiful. 🙂


  2. Being disciplined isn’t a strength of mine either, Val. And even though I don’t consider myself rebellious by nature, I do really hate being told what to do (and what to think 😉 ). I love your more loving approach. 😀


  3. I’m glad you are back and it sounds as if it went well! And!!! I can’t wait to share that I was fully present this Thanksgiving with my family, for the first time in forever, I wasn’t worried about how soon I could escape, or sneak away! So , thanks for your reminder before the holidays, it was just want I needed!


    • Kate, now that is great news … and a wonderful lesson to put into that big toolkit for living fully 🙂
      Thank you for sharing my friend ❤


  4. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    This silence is the gateway to our very own souls. Today after work, I stepped out into a wild wind emanating from bilious gray clouds (rare for CA). I spent time outside with the horses, and even raked leaves in that crazy storm…just to be at peace in the silence of the encroaching evening sky. Ahhhhh……..

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    • Sounds so nourishing Tree! Being in nature is such a big part of finding this inner stillness and spark. I’m grateful not to be living in a city!


  5. Here, Now . . . the replenishing peace of stillness.
    Aah . . . that’s better.


  6. As I progress into this new chapter of my life, I’m aspiring to reach peaceful silence. In a class years ago I discovered daily silence is something I should strive to achieve benefiting my mind and body.


  7. Great post, Val.

    And thanks for the link to Kripalu. It looks like an amazing place! 🙂


  8. Glad you liked it Michael. Kripalu is very special for a retreat, R&R or educating the mind body and soul!


  9. It’s such a good place!


  10. I love this Val. I use an image of a pendulum I know I’m always in motion but I also know that I must monitor the amplitude of my movement from center, and act to moderate the swing at times. A client of mine uses imagery related to bobbing in the waves of the ocean.


  11. Great reflections, Val. I think silence can speak so much…


  12. raghav114120

    Great awareness of silence, which leads all of us to the final truth…thank you

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