Those of you who know me would agree that I am a bit of a talker. I admit it. Being a Gemini and an extrovert, I thrive on communicating with others. In the past I did spend a lot of time with idle talk and gossip, which I did not realise at the time as very damaging to both myself and others. As part of my Yogic path, nowadays I try limit my talking to come under these principals and THINK before I talk:
My dear teacher, Dr Indu Arora, does encourage as to practice Mauna, staying completely silent, when we are in our intense study periods. When we talk excessively, without purpose, we are essentially leaking precious energy.
With the move to the UK in 2015 and our Yorkshire lifestyle one of the biggest changes for me was the instant removal of family, friends, acquaintances, people I can chat to non-stop. The kids even joked about how finally Mummy won't know anyone there and won't stop on the street every 5 minutes. I said to them, wait till I get there, I shall make new friends! Now that did not happen as suddenly as I thought it would... First I rebelled, and fumed and was in pain. Then I noticed the SILENCE. It was amazing. I had energy. I had peace. I was not 'leaking' all the time any more. Now I have a handful of amazing friends, for whom I am ever so grateful, but I see and speak to them once a week. The rest of the time is with family and students and silence. I really notice the difference when I visit my home town of Budapest, and schedule friends for breakfast/lunch/dinner that after 3 days I am exhausted. Shattered.
If you have any issues with your energy leaking trough your mouth, next time you open it, consider these principals:
Is it True?
Is it Helpful?
Is it Inspiring?
Is it Necessary?
Is it Kind?
PS: I am not fully reformed yet, but it is a working process, please bear with me :-)