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Why We Need To Be Silent-STS102-Beca Lewis

What do John McWade, John Francis, Mother Theresa, Henry David Thoreau, Eckhart Tolle, Susan Lamont, and Morpheus have in common? They know the value of silence, quiet, white space. We have a plethora of evidence that silence, quiet, contemplation is necessary, not sorta necessary, but absolutely necessary, for our mental and physical health and yet, we still tell ourselves we don’t have time for it. Instead, we are like a graphic design filled up so full there is not an ounce of white space in which to view what is actually going on – not just in our own lives – but in the world. To hear the truth, we have to be still.

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Stop Wanting Moments To Be Over

“Don’t waste this moment by wanting it to be over.” We were all in a deep yoga stretch. Deep enough to be uncomfortable when the instructor said those words. It took me by surprise because I realized that I was definitely wasting the moment. I was throwing it away as if it was trash. I wanted it to be over. I was uncomfortable. I was thinking about what I would do after class. I was wondering what I would have for lunch. I was not treasuring the moment. How many moments do we all have in this world? We have no idea, and there is no way to find out. We enter by one door and leave by the next. We do. So on the journey through what we call our life, how many moments do we value by doing only one thing. Being there. Present. Multi tasking is something[...]

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