Dimensions of Silence

The Winter Solstice month of December is such a great time to explore silence. The long periods of dark encourage us to come indoors, if we have the privilege to do so, and to cuddle up in a blanket. But then what?

I know that my habits often take me to some kind of sensory input: read a book, listen to a podcast, even just pet and nonsense-talk to my dog. If not specifically meditating, I seldom sit in quiet. But sitting in quiet is precisely what our healing quality this month offers: silence.

This poem by Mary Oliver says and doesn't say all that is needed to feel some of the essence of what I hope for each of us, in exploring silence this month.

Such Silence