Quiet and Clear

Updated: Nov 14

There is a music store in nearby Cotati, California, named "Loud and Clear." As I drove by yesterday and saw their sign, what came out loud and clear for me was, it is in quiet that I am most clear. "Loud and clear" is a very familiar phrase. It communicates a definitive, I got it. But what about quiet and clear? How might we really get it without pumping up the volume?

For the past few weeks I have received numerous posts and newsletters inviting us to honor the autumnal season by slowing down, turning within, resting more, and reflecting. My friend Lauren Walker, founder of Energy Medicine Yoga, stated it beautifully: "Can we embrace the rhythm of winter with its long and languorous pace?" Another friend, Tracee Stanley, reminds: "a time of dreaming and imagination." For me, their reflections exemplify the state of quiet and clear. It is a state of grace.

If you know me, you are probably not at all surprised to hear that I gravitate toward this way of being in the world. Truth be told, I tend toward this realm for the better part of the year. It may not the rhythm of "nature," but it is the rhythm of my own drum. I realize that long nights and dark mornings are not favored by all, but I find them soothing, comforting, and delicious. I love languorous.

Autumn fits me like a woolen glove. I adore waking long before dawn and taking a seat at my altar for my pranayama, chanting, and meditation practice. It is a sweet and precious practice, all the more dear by candlelight, and perhaps a cat on my lap. There, it is ... loud and clear that I am quiet and clear.

Is your interest piqued?

I offer you two invitations toward the grace of Quiet and Clear:

  1. If you've been wanting to start, or resurrect, a sitting practice, I invite you to keep it simple. Short and sweet, so it allures you to its presence rather than daunts you away. By the way, that sweet state of quiet and clear you is already present. Yours for the noticing. Need another carrot? How's this--Think of your meditation practice as answering the call of your heart to see, and be seen.

  2. I invite you to "take a seat with me" during my personal practice on Sunday, November 20th, 7:00-7:30pm, Pacific. (I usually sit around 5:00am, but suspect that is an unfavorable hour for some. In a wish that you might join me, I'll take this second sit at 7:00pm. Please sign in a few minutes early so we may begin on the hour.) Take time to see your heart.

Zoom link for Barbra's Chanting and Meditation.

I'll be truly entering the cave of quiet and clear for the month of December, as I'll be taking a mini "sabbatical." Until then, I'll be offering my regular public classes at Sonoma Yoga and blue door yoga & wellness, and seeing private clients. I'll soon be announcing opportunities for group practices to cultivate an ongoing, abiding calm mind, a soothed nervous system, and a path to answer the call of your heart.

Until then, let me know if you have questions. Perhaps I'll see you on the 20th, at 7:00pm, where you might just set an example for yourSelf!


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