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The Quality of Silence - Guest Blog by Claudia Kratzheller 



Being together in Silence.


What gets in the way?

Is it socially acceptable to simply plunge on the floor and be?

Together?

Maybe even close together?


In most cases not.

There is the urge and often the need to talk, to behave, to socialize.

To be straight, to be funny, to be liked, to be interesting.


Being together in silence and being comfortable is an act of trust and connection.

Cows and sheep on a pasture do it naturally and whenever they like it, it's part of their being.

Sure, they don't have the burden of having to function in society and all the multiple demands that come along with living as an educated human being.


Here are some examples of this connection:

  • two cats curled around each other.

  • a baby asleep in the arms of the mother

  • cows and sheep on a meadow in the afternoon.

  • two lovers holding each other in quiet embrace

  • people in savasana after a yoga practice


When time stands still - and each moment has a lot of space.

Being together.

Resting, breathing together.

It's enough.


No need to talk, to act, to achieve, to do...

In our culture, it is very rare.


Two examples where it does happen in our society:

Actually, it is part of every Yoga class - The savasana in the end.


Here it is socially embedded and forms the resting point of an active period.

So You have "earned" your rest.

There is permission to simply "BE".


What makes being together in Silence comfortable ?

- a shared feeling or purpose

- rules and rituals

- resting in the moment

- being part of the same "tribe"


What makes it uncomfortable?

  • unspoken words that are stuck somewhere.

  • confusion about what's going on

  • not having a 'click'

  • restlessness and a busy mind

Enjoying Solitude and Sense Awareness.


The other aspect of Silence is the one in solitude.

As most human beings are group animals we like to be part of a tribe.

But consciously choosing for silence in solitude is another form of connection.

It's the portal to feel the connection to yourself and to all the things and beings around you.


Now:

Do you experience moments of shared silence?

In connection? In touch?

Do you have any moments of silence in solitude?

If so, do you enjoy it? is it awkward?


Notice for yourself when you experience silence as comfortable or as uncomfortable.

If you enjoy shared silence and being together

- or if you prefer silence in solitude

create moments in your daily life to abide in them!


How?

Shared silence in connection:

Hug your loved ones.

Spoon with a friend.

Lay with a dog or a cat.


Silence in solitude:

Reserve time by yourself to simply BE.

Breathe and observe what is around you.

Notice shapes, colours, sounds, and smells.



Wishing you many moments of enjoying silence!


With Love,

Claudia



More info about Claudia Kratzheller 


The essence of her work:

Supporting you to trust your body as a compass for embodied communication, to connect, interact and enjoy relationships. 




She also developed the Pelvic Grounding Matrix, a series of gentle and centring exercises that help you to move with ease and less effort. 

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