MKE Week 22- Extended Silence

We have a week off, and we were given an assignment.  An assignment I am completely down for.  To take the silence in our sit, 20-30 mins daily, and extend it for 48-72 HOURS!  More, the better.  Complete silence.  No technology.  None.  Nope, not even check my email.  Auto reply is on vacation mode.  Phone is off.  Completely to myself. 

The catch is that we are to try to do this over the break week.  Well, that narrows it down to the first week only for me, since the following week my girlfriend and I will be in South Lake Tahoe for a week vacation.  Family comes first, and for obvious reasons I won’t be going silent for 3 plus days while vacationing with my girlfriend!

I’ve heard of these retreats where they have consecutive days, one in particular is Vispanna, a 10 day course. I’ve thought of doing this before, so the assignment is both intriguing and exciting for me.  If I can do 3 days, I can do 10. 

Imagine, 10 days of just me, my inner thoughts.  I have no idea where it will lead me.   Dang!  I just got the goose bumps! 

I’ve been struggling however to see how I can fit it in this week.   A retreat is planned out, 2-3 days or 10 days, it doesn’t matter.  It’s not like it’s a staycation somewhere and I’m still available by phone, text or messenger.  No, this is disappearing.  Vanishing.  From society.  From our cement.  From ourselves.  Oh the chills! 

When I started this course, I made a promise to myself.  I always keep my promises.  That was my promise.  I only make promises I can keep, I do not make promises I cannot keep. 

I have made and kept my promises to every person and business every day this week. Commitments that I refused to break, and to keep my promise with those commitments.

Although I will not be able to complete this silence period now, I promise I have set aside a time to plan out the silence and see what journey the hero within, that’s me, travels!




4 Replies to “MKE Week 22- Extended Silence”

  1. Eric,
    I enjoyed your blog and the promise you threw out to the Universe about your future silence time. Also you are very wise in that you don’t make promises that you can’t keep. This attitude is very commendable and shows your integrity and
    your faithfulness to a commitment. Have a fun time with your girlfriend at Lake Tahoe. I hope you have snow.

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  2. Great positive post Eric. The forward planning for the extended silence was discussed on our tribe call this week it’s interesting how we all react differently often with fear at the thought of this extended silence. I like you don’t have an issue with it. Planning the time out is definitely the first step (Good bye cement).

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