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My Guest Post: 20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life on TinyBuddha.com

I recently had the chance to share my experience of silence with Lori Densche the creator of TinyBuddha.com. The result is the following post that talks about the lessons I learned from sitting in silence and how those lessons help me every day of my life. 

20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

Sitting in Silence

“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu

For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat.

During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked in silence, and only communicated through hand gestures and written notes.

At first living like this was hard, but over time I learned to grow to appreciate silence. By the time I left I learned that silence was my friend and teacher.

What did silence teach me?

1. Satisfaction

I used to think I needed to watch TV every night. But at monastery I went without and discovered … Continue Reading


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