I decided to go on a three day/two night silent yurt retreat. I needed to get in touch with my inner rhythms, ie, eat when hungry, sleep when tired, walk slowly, sleep without earplugs, etc. As an introvert I normally need quite a bit of alone time to recharge. Relationships,work, and the general erratic buzz of living in a city takes their toll over time, so it is essential for me to silent retreat as often as I can.
When I arrived, the silence penetrated my bones. I soaked up silence like a dry sponge, dried out by the constant noise of modern urban living. And I live in a really beautiful, earthy-friendly city. I visit many wise old trees regularly, and wander through some amazing parks. But still, the freeways are all around, humming away at all hours. One wise woman I know always reminds me that at one time, rivers were the freeways and canoes were the cars. I try to think of the freeway as a river, but it’s the vibration of the noise that gets to me.
I really need silence.
In silence, I hear myself. A deep silence allows one to receive messages and information from the earth more clearly. Information can be gathered from anything; from observing a snail move across a log, to a revelation of the oneness and interconnectedness of all beings.
Silence is so very nourishing. It helps rebalance my urbanized system.
Here is a view from the yurt. It was pretty misty when I arrived:
I also pulled a few cards and did a mini-reading for the retreat. Each card was for each day, so Day one is card one, Ace of Vessels. Such a serene image with everything in harmony with nature, and such beauty and abundance. Day one of my retreat was about simply enjoying a lovely, soul-nourishing silence, and reacquainting myself with stillness.