Most of this afternoon was spent in silence in my apartment. The weather turned windy and cold and I decided to postpone my plans to go up a lookout with a giant Buddha statue to another time. I don’t have Internet and electricity was gone most of the afternoon, so I had a good chance to sit and listen to the breeze going through the trees and children playing outside.
I had missed my own company! If we could have more time to sit quietly and look at the leaves dance in the wind; not even to reflect but just rest our mind! The monk I met today told me that in order to meditate properly you have to go far, where there is nothing else and quiet your mind. I feel the more comfortable we are with ourselves and with silence we become more comfortable with others.
In Canada, I had wished to have some time to myself. I envisioned a retreat in a forest somewhere during the summer but I didn’t expect to find this silence here, halfway across the world. I know it won’t last, I am here on a mission. I want to engage and I want to learn. But, also, I want to be silent so that the universe may speak to me and through me.
When electricity came back, I listened to a traditional Persian song called “Dawn” on my computer. This is how the lyrics go: “do you know why the rooster lament at dawn? To remind you another day has passed and you are still lost!”
When I woke up, I lay down for a very long time in my bed and listened to the dogs barking outside. Then I went for the walk I had wanted to do the previous evening. The morning was fresh and beautiful with unbelievable mountain views covered in mist. Within five minutes of where I live is a path that goes up through a pine forest for 2.5 kilometres to reach a giant Buddha statue. Many people were jogging or walking up the path and my day started with about 20 friendly nods and good mornings. This is dangerously addictive; more addictive than Tim Horton’s coffee and depressing morning news reports!