This is the sixth episode in a journal chronicling my silent journey during Silent Awakenings.
We Can Talk – “Official Silence” ended upon waking. I didn’t really feel like talking. I meditated in my room. I had some time before sunrise meditation, so I checked the messages my family had left for me during the past week. I loved seeing their faces, hearing their voices and reading their messages. Otherwise, I still stayed away from general emails and texts. I wasn’t ready to go back that deep. We had the option to stay in silence all day today, so everyone was still very quiet, even when talking.
Asilomar was invaded by a large wedding party today and the volume level rose substantially. It is amazing how jarring it is to hear speaking at a regular level, let alone children screaming, and crazy loud talkers. I wanted to retreat back into the retreat.
Sunrise Meditation – Meditation was lovely this morning. The air was crisp. I’m going to miss those crazy birds who like to screech during meditation.
Yoga – Our last yoga together was nice and needed. Chair yogis and floor yogis were all together in one room. I practiced near my friends and relished in the slow and thoughtful movement.
Group Meditation – We reviewed all the pranayama (breathing exercises) that we’ve done throughout the week and their benefits. Some heighten your senses and make you more alert, some relax you, all are good for you. I will miss the vibration that I feel when meditating with such a large group of people.
Sharing & Closing Sessions – While our morning session was more logistically oriented, answering questions about different aspects of the retreat, the afternoon session was all about connecting with your fellow retreaters. We were in small groups for sharing. We answered questions based upon prompts from the facilitator. It was inspiring to hear about the struggles and triumphs each person experienced during the retreat. At the end the floor was opened for anyone to share different experiences.
Our closing session was all about celebration. There was a lot of music and singing, rejoicing in our friendships with others and ourselves.
About the Author
Rochelle Barcellona is an animal-loving, family-and-friends-embracing, yoga-nidra-meditation-and-ayurveda-teaching, happy red-headed yogi who owns Nourish Mind Body & Spirit in Northern California. You may learn more about Rochelle here. Rochelle may be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and 916-353-5200.