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Mama of Sanctuary Forest Garden
Mama of Sanctuary Forest Garden
The hardest part of living is to truly listen to our body, mind, heart and soul.
When I talk about silence, I do not mean only in sitting, in stillness, only in the mind, soul or spirit. I also refer to listening to our body and heart while moving and in stillness.
With the discipline of Authentic Movement and Contemplation in Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, I began to understand the meaning of full integration of body, mind, heart, soul and spirit. To truly listen, it is listening to all. We are made up of body, mind, heart and soul.
As a little girl, I first come into spirituality. I am very sensitive to my feelings and my body. Interestingly enough, they were all very fragmented. A separate entity. A word to sum it all up - confusion. I was like every where. My mind travelled like a bullet train. My heart was constantly full of emotions. My body was always on hyper-alert. I think the only one which kept me sane was my soul. I sense my soul was far beyond than my body, heart and mind. As I look back now, I'm grateful that I was guided to integrate back to wholeness, where I drop into silence, I see congruence. I have spent years trying to understand or figuring it out. Yet now I do not need to figure it out. All I need is just listen quietly, going inward in silence. whether I am still or whether I am moving.
It takes me years to nurture the art of listening in silence through the practise of Authentic Movement and Contemplation.
I was inspired to write my story again. I have written parts here and there.
One very clear insight is every part of us is essential. For they are very different. They provide different insight. I no longer think one is better than the other. They are all inter-connected and inter-dependent on each other. We may have use our mind a lot, then we learn how to listen to our body and heart more. If we concentrate on our body a lot, then we learn how to listen to our heart and soul. These are just examples. I could not share this if I have not walked the path myself. It is an on-going journey to attune and listen and strengthens these muscles. Each time, I strengthen my muscles in listening to all. Not forgetting we are human, our body, emotion and mind give us signal and wisdom when we fail to pay attention. It's a matter are we paying attention? Are we consciously aware?
Body - our senses, our sensation
Emotion - Feelings
Mind - Thoughts
Soul - Spirit
As I heal,
As I soften,
As I return to love within,
Love throbbing in my heart.
I drop my prejudice,
I let go of judgement,
The more I know,
The more I don't know.
As I ease into my breath,
As I go inward,
In my soul.
A quietness I hear within
A contentment I am engulfed
In pure silence.
Everything expands in the moment.
One in one
All become one
In the presence
I accompany others in listening to yourself through authentic movement, contemplation, guided silent retreats, healing consultation. If you trust me to accompany you in your journey, get in touch with me for a chat. Your personal discovery of self is very much uniquely your journey.
You may also be interested to read my blog on 'Going Inward? Self-Absorption?' and 'They Mystery of Silence'.
I will share the next part on how I evolve from spirit to body and heart to spirit and to whole being.
Shalom! Blessings! Love To you!