The paradox of a restriction making me feel free, inspired me to write this P.s. to my post A Silent Perspective.
The 2 hours of Silent Sightseeing guided by Bastian Overgaard reminded me, that awareness and selfobservation are key to understanding, that the thoughts in our heads do not define who we are. They are thoughts – thats all! And we are all free to agree or disagree with them, and free to choose our own actions in response.
Being restricted to silence very quickly made me aware of how often my thoughts just turn into speech. The urge to react to my own thoughts by saying something became crystal clear, and having to stop myself from speaking changed my focus and gave room for awareness.
“When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice — the thinker — but the one who is aware of it.
Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom.”
– Eckhart Tolle
This is the point, that the silent experience reminded me of. And yes, we do need to be reminded. Well, at least I do!
There is a big difference between knowing something to be true – because you have read and understood it – and then experiencing it to be true. And sometimes we forget a little..
Inspired by silence and feeling free – let me end this post with another quote;
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
– Jean-Paul Sartre
With freedom comes responsibility…
Wondering about the flowers in my hair? I felt free!