Monday, August 25, 2014

Quiet Quest :: wanna get zen with me?

“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” - Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Robin Sharma

This October I'll be spending 30 minutes in silence each day - no electronic devices, no music, TV, radio, etc. to raise awareness and funds for Quiet Quest, an initiative by The Yoga Foundation. 

I've been wanting to introduce more silence and less busyness into my days, and you'd think as a yoga teacher I'd have this meditation stuff down pat, right? Well, it comes and it goes. And having suffered anxiety and depression for a long time, sometimes time alone with my head is the last thing I want! So here's to a month of making friends with myself, finding space, and smelling the roses.

Oh, and I found the above quote while traversing through the daily thoughts of an earlier Quiet Quest participant, Lauren, and I'll be doing the same 30 day diary here on Shiny Yoga as well! Can't wait for you to read all about it (and maybe even join in!) :)

PS this month also most importantly raises funds to pay for weekly yoga classes for over 100 people with cerebral palsy or mental illness, for 1 year. Awesome right? You can sponsor me here.

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