As I was starting to write this blog post about the benefits of Silence and Meditation, I followed the guidance to look up the history behind the song Silent Night.
The history behind the song is as follows, and find it so fitting for this blog message!
In the year 1818, an assistant pastor at a church in Oberndorf Austria, named Josef Mohr, decided one night to take a longer meditative ‘Silent’ walk home alone. Earlier that evening a traveling choir group had come to the church to perform Christmas carols, yet had to sing without a working organ. This organ was also needed for a line up of carols in the next days to come, which were Christmas eve and Christmas day. During this extended walk Mr. Mohr landed up at the top of a hill looking down at his town, taking in the picturesque scene of Christmas season.
In this quiet time, he remembered a poem he wrote 2 years before in 1816, that he realized would make a good song to be sung as one of the carols over the next coming days. This song would not require the organ. (Later, of course, the organ plus other instruments were added) He took the poem to the church organist, Franz Gruber, who in just a few hours, composed music with a guitar to Mr. Mohr's poem. The song was performed, by Gruber on guitar, Mohr on vocals, Christmas eve at the church. The song was later heard by others, adored and performed by many going forward.
What happened here is that Mr Mohr decided to take time for himself; allowed his mind to focus on present moment; took away the stress of the: what why and how; relaxing into what was in the now; that lead into an awaking and to a brilliance which has turned into one of the most famous Carols sung til this day!
What can we take away from this story? Taking Silent time for yourself, allowing yourself to just be at one with present moment and your Holy or Higher self, can allow for clarity to set in. Through this clarity you can enjoy reduced stress, better outcomes, sacred ideas, overall balance and peace. Your mind awakens to the answers within you that are suppressed until allowed to come up into consciousness. This is what mediation or meditative activities can provide for you.
Turning off our mind from your daily requirements helps us to gain perspective, connect deeper with our inner truth and self that results in a more relaxed mind and body, allowing for more intuitive decisions to shine through.
The Holidays can be a very hectic, yet fun time of year. Some also lead very busy work, family, and social lives outside of the Holiday season. Do you take enough time for yourself? Do you allow your mind to relax, so you may reduce stress and gain the clarity and peace you may need? Consider doing so :)
Tips for a Silent Holy Night for yourself:
- Meditation sit with yourself
- A Silent walk with yourself
- An arts or crafts project with yourself
- Yoga or workouts with yourself
- Breathe work with yourself
- Cooking with yourself
Any of these tasks can be done in Silence. The benefit of being with yourself, is to reduce outside noise and influence. With each task, remember to focus on the present moment, staying conscious to what you are experiencing in the now (not any left over thoughts from before or thoughts about the future – just now)
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Blessed and Happy Holidays to you and yours!