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Elul 9: Observe - a Yogi lesson

I don't do quiet very well. I like to talk, I like to be busy, I like noise. It's one reason that meditating is so stressful: sitting in silence, quieting my mind, makes me jumpy. (Years ago I practiced Transcendental Meditation; those two, 20-minute sessions a day were torture.)

What I've learned however is that sometimes observing myself and others without responding is hugely comforting. Shutting down my auto-response mechanism lets me turn off the judgmental part of my brain. I become aware of nuance and shades of gray. I pause my "on" button and suddenly I sense that still small voice that is Holiness.

Maybe I should try it more often.


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