“The French mathematician Blaise Pascal wrote, ‘All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.’ We have become experts at filling our lives with noise and activities. We wake up to the sound of the radio blaring and dress while the television is on. We drive to work listening to the latest traffic report and spend the next 8 hours in a bustling office. When we come home, at the day’s end, we delve into the evening’s activities against the background sound of television, ringing phones and humming computers”
This excerpt from Life Lessons from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma articulates why for the month of October I have chosen to participate in Quiet Quest, an initiative by The Yoga Foundation.
The challenge is to spend 30 minutes in silence for 30 days without all the usual distractions of the modern day. No electronic devices, music, tv, radio, talking etc.
Having suffered anxiety, I know first hand how debilitating it can be and there was a time where even just the thought of having to be alone with my mind and thinking was enough for me to start having a panic attack.
For me, yoga is happiness and my practice has really changed my experience with anxiety so I thought what better way to support a cause that will pay for weekly yoga classes for over 100 people with cerebral palsy or mental illness, for 1 year.
I’ll be keeping a record of the daily 30 minute practice here so that you can see how I’m tracking.
To support this great cause, you can donate here: http://quietquest.gofundraise.com.au/page/LaurenF
All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you will be issued with a Tax Invoice receipt via email as soon as you make a donation.
30 minutes of quiet each day gives you is a great way to relax, reflect and give your nervous system a rest so it’s not a bad idea to consider becoming a Quiet Quester yourself or inviting your friends to be become a Quiet Quest team: http://www.quietquest.com.au.
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson