I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to practise Mouna in environments like an ashram or on retreat. They are structured for this practice, and Mouna is practised specifically to give space for self-reflection. To rebalance and re-charge our energy.
Yet, the real challenge is to find ways to carry this sacred silence into day to day life.
Here are three ways to bring mouna into your daily life.
1. Practising mouna on weekends.
The great spiritual master, Swami Sivananda recommended allocating time during the weekend for the practice of Mouna. He suggested that you pre-schedule this time. Let your friends and family know that you will be unavailable. Instead, utilise this period for reflection, spiritual practice, particularly for meditation.
In our fast paced modern world this is not always easy. Particularly if you find yourself continuously juggling the demands of career, family and home life.
A couple of hours ‘me time’ does not mean you are neglecting your responsibilities. It is valuable time to pause and reflect.
Perhaps go for a walk alone in nature, or find time when the home is quiet for your own personal reflection and quiet time.
During these periods of sacred silence, take a break from other stimulants. Give yourself a digital detox for a few hours. Turn off the TV. Switch off your phone. Avoid reading any news articles, or anything that may distract you. The news is full of negativity you’ll be surprised the positive effect it has on your mental wellbeing by switching off from the news.