Awakening in Silence
Note from the Editor
In all of his books and teachings, Dr. David Simon returned time and again to this core principle: Taking time to experience inner quiet is the most important thing we can do to enhance our physical health, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual awakening. For more than three decades, he shared the gifts of meditation, yoga, and other practices for mindful awareness with hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world.
When David was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, he found himself awakening to an even deeper appreciation for the peace and expanded awareness to be found in silence. “Since I got sick, my appreciation and attention to nature have deepened, making life even more meaningful and beautiful. I have found myself waking very early in the mornings, and while my family is still sleeping, I go down into my garden to sit and meditate,” David said.
“It is very quiet and brings me such effortless pleasure. It takes work to talk and to think, but meditation and gardening bring me the greatest benefits for the least expenditure of energy. I find it rejuvenating to spend time in silence and nature, enjoying the infinite variety of sights, sounds, tastes, touch, and scents. The natural flow of life connects my heart and soul with that which transcends beginnings and endings.”
During his quiet hours alone, David reflected on what gives our lives meaning, and he distilled his reflections into five core principles or awakenings that he believed were the most important aspects of life: 1.) Silence, 2.) Love, 3.) Nature, 4.) Dharma (purpose), and 5.) Healing.
In this month’s issue of the Chopra Center Newsletter, we present David Simon’s reflections on silence and inner awakening. We invite you to download this special article and read it in a quiet place filled with beauty.