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December 7, 2011

December 7 – reverb11 – Tranquilo (Calm)


Sometimes the most beautiful, memorable moments are also the quietest. What quiet, beautiful moment do you recall?

(Special thanks to Jeffrey Davis of Tracking Wonder for providing today’s question.)

Reverb is a month-long endeavor in reflecting on the past year and envisioning the year to come. Find out more about Reverb11. Check out the daily prompts and feel free to write publicly on this blog or privately in your diary, as much or as little as you want, as often or seldom as you are compelled to.

“Live simply and take life more easily. Happiness lies in giving yourself time to think and to introspect. Be alone once in a while, and remain more in silence.” ~Yogananda

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Loren Dec 9, 2011 2:18am

I was on a stressful trip to visit family and I went to the local park where there was a patch of native forest. I went and sat there for some time. Slowly my stress drained away and I was left listening to the birds and the small scratchings of bugs, it was a beautiful moment of calm in an otherwise stormy time.

Valerie Carruthers Dec 8, 2011 4:15pm

Two of my dearest friends are a married couple who are great meditators. They live on their organic farm and are dedicated to a practice of "solitude, simplicity and silence." Recently they invited me for a meal with a 20 minute meditation period beforehand. They are living proof that regular meditation (supported by eating organically) builds a palpable and radiant energy. As soon as we all sat on our cushions that energy or Shakti, pulled me into a deep state of centered awareness which took in the land around us, the animal sounds from farms nearby and the softness of the air.
My mind settled, emptied of extraneous thought, I was drawn into a pure spaciousness, all boundaries dissolved.

When it came time to eat, the simply prepared and totally nourishing meal could not have tasted more divine.

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