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Day 143: Silence Retreat

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Can you remain silent for almost 10 hours? Without an eye contact, without reading  and writing, just in peace with yourself? Unless of course, you are sleeping! Well, I'm sure there are a lot of you who might just be doing that, or done that and a lot of you who will just stand with your eyes wide open wondering if I'm actually thinking about it. Those of you who know me might even think that it is impossible for me to do, come what may. Well, I did think so too, at times. However, today, I proved all that wrong. I was on a silence retreat for over 10 hours since morning and all I was allowed to do was mindful eating, walking, and meditation. I initially thought I might just end up talking soon, however, from 8:30 in the morning to around 3:30, I was able to. This probably proves nothing is impossible! How did I feel? Well, it was a brilliant experience. I felt really at peace, initially a little off because, we were just meditating for a long time and I was even afraid if I would sleep off. However, I did not and managed to meditate for a long time. The mindful walking, eating, and even movements changed my entire perspective of going silent for a long time! We usually call it 'mouna vrat' in India. Try it and see, of course no internet and cell phones too! This stunt just reiterates the fact that silence is golden for sure! 
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