IN 2016, HE DID IT AGAIN!>
Rodolfo entered a second year of silence beginning on his birthday in February 2016 to February 2017.
The intention of this second year of silent practice was to observe the purpose of his words. He noticed, he was using words to validate, prove, explain, or justify his identity and ego. Rodolfo found himself questioning whether he was sharing vocally more for the benefit of others or for his own benefit.
This second year of silence taught Rodolfo two very important lessons.
1. We have an ego, and it has a purpose. It is our unique character, expression, and yes, identity. And that is not an enemy to your authenticity. It is just one facet of it. The ego is there to serve you and give you consistency. The mistake is only when we make it the decision maker, instead of protector.
2. Never shrink to connect, rather expand to embrace. Many people found it uncomfortable to interact with Rodolfo while he was in silence, as they didn't know what to do without verbal responses. At first, his tendency was to contract, become smaller so as to minimize the uncomfortable affect he was causing. The problem is, by contracting, he would end up feeling even less connected. The great lesson here, was that to overcome discomfort he needed to expand his awareness, acceptance, and presence so as to encompass the whole moment. Thus it was no longer two people trying to find common ground, but rather it was one moment being shared.>