Settling Into The Silence

By Ann Winschel

To settle into the silence I often use a mantra, a phrase that I repeat in sync with my breath.  It helps me settle.  It’s an anchor to return to when my mind goes wandering about. 

In years past I would count, 1    2    3    up to 10, then start over again.  When my mind wanders away and then I come back to my mantra I discover that I am still repeating it.  If I was counting, I am still counting, have not lost my place.  

Today I used a new phrase     

                               silent         expectant         waiting

                               silent         expectant         waiting

                               silent         expectant         waiting

As usual, my mind went roaming around.  When I came back I was still repeating the mantra in sync with my breath but this time the phrase had changed.    

                                silent        expectant          radiance

                                silent        expectant          radiance

                                silent        expectant          radiance