About a week ago I began my SIT or silence retreat. The first day it was one of driving to the hotel, about 70 miles away. The second day was the true start although I decided not to talk after I started driving. What I realized was that silence can be really refreshing and time alone with boundaries of food and less spoken words can open up an awareness that can’t be otherwise realized. It did take me a good day to slow down enough and stop so that I took in the silence without movement and with total peace. I realized that my lack of discipline since week one of the MK experience did not allow me to really get into the SITs as much as some others might have, but I am so glad that the exercise was a requirement. Something inside told me I had to do it as quickly as possible as possible. I could more deeply appreciate my mind and getting away from the affairs of everyday, ho hum daily life. Also, I could better appreciate Jesus words, “the kingdom of heaven is within you”, as my mind connects me to the original part of me and to the infinite and universal–the Creator. The precedent–the river of dreams– is put aside and the real me that is perfect made by perfect is revealed. Thus I perceive the relevance of the Golden Buddha story more clearly. I recommend it to anyone seeking for their own true value.