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!