What I Learned In A Week Of Silence: Blossom Where You Are {Part 2}

Business_BlogMushroom2One of the many reasons I love the week I spend in silence is that I get to craft my day anyway I want.

Swimming in the lake? Perfect. Going for a walk? Sure. Resting in the sun? Sounds great. Relaxing in the sauna and getting all slippery? Yes! Yoga? Absolutely! Cartwheels in the meadow? Of course. Each day can be so different.

It’s different, but also the same. Same in the way that I notice everything. I wrote about that in Part 1 of this blog series. Click here to read Part 1. Here is one of my journal entries about what I noticed and how that awareness gave me so much insight.

Journal entry: “Looking closely at all the mushrooms growing, some of them have perfectly round caps and others have a particular shape. A little indentation here and there. Taking a closer look…the ones with indentations had obstacles around them either a twig, stone, acorn, blade of grass or something else. How odd.”

Looking at the mushroom and everything around it, I realized that instead of pushing these things out of the way, the mushrooms grew beautifully around them. They didn’t say, “hey you twig, get out of my way.” They blossomed right where they were. The indentation makes it more interesting to look at. Isn’t that amazing?

How often do we blame other people or outside circumstances for our less than ideal outcomes or situations? “I work too much, I don’t have time to spend on myself” or “I can’t be happy, I don’t have enough money.” We’ve all said these things to ourselves at one time or another.

I learned so much from my moment with the mushroom. If a mushroom who is subject to the environment and the possibility of being stepped on at any moment can grow beautifully in its environment, so can you my friend.

Here are 3 ways blossom right where you are:

Make up your mind
Our mind must be on board to whatever we want to do/have/achieve in our life. We have to make a choice and let nothing stand in our way. Just like the mushrooms did. Let go of the excuses, the stories, and what other people might think. YOU have to do it. No one else can.

Every action must feed your desire/goal
Once you make up your mind, choose actions that align with your desire or goal. You always have a choice. If you really want your outcome, you have to make some tough choices. They’re not always going to be easy. You might have to re-arrange your schedule, ask for help, talk to your boss, or find an accountability buddy. If you do the work, you will get the outcome you’re striving for.

Keep it going
This is key. Celebrate your successes along the way to keep the forward momentum going. You’re on your way!

Your lesson: Instead of pushing, find ease. You have everything you need. Things can be hard or easy. It’s all in how you look at it. Attitude is everything. Don’t worry about the obstacles around you, you will find a way around them when you focus on the moment and take small steps toward your desire. Carpe Diem!

Journal entry: “I’m sitting on a bench at the end of the dock. It’s about 9am and my belly is full from breakfast. There’s a chill in the air, but my toes are warm from the sun. As I’m writing, out of the corner of my eyes, I see the sun glistening on the ripples of the lake. It’s so beautiful. I hear rustling of the trees and birds near and far. At this moment, I feel myself breathing, my body relaxing, and the warmth from the sun. At this moment, there is no past or future. I feel me. There is only now.

Looking up I see,
Her grace shining down on me,
The colors deepen.

“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” – William Tell



  1. Ellen says

    Teresa, thank you for sharing your insights from your silent retreat. I have a hard time even during a silent yoga class, so I’m sure more silence would benefit me greatly. Looking forward to Part 3 of your insights!

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