The Three S’s: Stillness, Silence, and Spaciousness

Brooke Binstock

By Brooke Binstock //

When the three of us; Kelly Lindsey, Marissa Knox and I got together to talk about what to center our August retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center around, we easily settled on the theme of Stillness, Silence, and Spaciousness (the three S’s).  In our incredibly busy world full of opportunities for distraction and a tendency to keep a very full, often overflowing schedule, this focus seems almost essential.

I’ll speak for myself as a small business owner and I’m certain my colleagues can agree, that unless I purposefully create space in my life, the plates will keep on spinning and the tasks will continue to stack up, often to the point of overwhelm or burn-out.  We must remind ourselves that there will never be that perfect moment in life where we can create space. It is something we must do intentionally.

I think part of why it is challenging to slow down and create space for ourselves is because of the demands that life naturally throws our way.  We need to make money, complete day-to-day tasks, and care for others. Not to mention social media, email and smartphones inundating our realities almost on a constant basis.  However, if we consider the deeper reality of why we stay in constant motion, it could be due to a deep discomfort with difficult emotions. We keep moving in order to avoid grief, loneliness anxiety or simply the very real struggle of being human.

This theme is nothing new.  In fact, stillness, silence and spaciousness have been explored throughout history and more specifically in the pre-Buddhist tradition known as Bön, an ancient shamanic tradition of Tibet.  According to honorable Bon teacher, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, “The idea behind these three practices is to stop the pattern of reactive behavior and truly acknowledge the pain that is causing it. The pain itself is considered an entry point for inner exploration.” (http://www.thesacredscience.com/stillness-silence-spaciousness/).  In other words, we must first slow down in order to facilitate deeper healing.

Sometimes it is possible to carve out intentional space in our lives at home through the practice of meditation, mindfulness and setting boundaries with ourselves to prioritize self-care.  However, if the source of constant motion is difficult emotional energy, it can feel truly nourishing to enter a safe container of a retreat setting in community, so that we may feel supported enough to brave the realities of our shared humanity together.

Join us for Quiet Mind, Open Heart: Stillness, Silence, and Spaciousness with Kelly Lindsey, Marissa Knox and Brooke Binstock, August 13–17, 2018 at SMC — click here to learn more

About the Author

Brooke BinstockBrooke Binstock is a heart-centered solopreneur and owner of Open Circle Healing, an all encompassing wellness initiate where self-care and self-acceptance are the main pulse. In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, Brooke is also a Licensed Massage Therapist.


Featured image by Liz Moskowitz

1 Comment

  1. Carol Henderson says

    Hi Brooke,
    I’d love to reprint this piece in the Shambhala Times; please let me know if that would be OK with you.
    Carol Henderson
    Editor, Shambhala Times

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