Silent Space

I'm sitting here at home, wrapped in a blanket, heater on, holiday candle lit, sipping a cup of hot water in an attempt to heal my voice. For those of you that attended class last night at Glow, THANK YOU for your presence, your breath and your willingness to practice within the spaces of silence. I unfortunately am unable to teach today, but hopefully after 2 full days of silence I'll be back in action for classes later in the week. Thank you to all that have supported over the last week and stepped in to cover classes when needed - grateful beyond words.

This whole no voice thing has really got me thinking about the power of words and the ways in which we/I communicate regularly. Mostly, amidst my current frustration, I find myself deeply inspired by the space within silence. What is actually necessary to voice? Can there be even more information in the space between the words? Isn't most communication actually non-verbal anyways? How this concept plays out in the yoga studio is interesting, and something I find myself grappling with currently.

I know very well that this is my system asking me to pause all of the output and prioritize the input. It's as though my voice is asking for rest, and therefore bringing awareness to the fact that my whole being is asking for rest -- to rest with what is and to digest and absorb what I've taken in before stepping out to share or to take in more.

As we find ourselves in the heart of the holiday season, while it is a time to welcome in the new, it is also a time to honor, celebrate and sit with what is and what has been. It is a time to be discerning with how we share our energy and what we choose to consume and produce. The question remains: can we give back to ourselves so that we can better give back to others, and if so, how? For me, the month of December is one of reflection, slowing down and doing less. More time spent wrapped in blankets, drinking tea, making soup, watching my favorite movies, writing, reading, laughing and sitting. More yin, less yang; more grace, less momentum; more awareness and discernment and less attachment and expectation. This marks a time to honor all of the growth, within the ebbs and flows of challenges and accomplishments. It is a time to turn inwards, to look within and to nurture and nourish.

Will you join me in this endeavor? What are the ways in which you can commit to slowing it down, taking good care and prioritizing more moments of silence and simplicity? May your practice show up as a "life practice" in these experiences off the mat: moment-to-moment, breath-by-breath...

Lauren Cohen