Grant me the ability to be alone; May it be my custom to go outdoors each day among the trees and grasses, among all growing things, and there may I be alone, to talk with the one that I belong to. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810)
Spend a day or morning completely alone — no television, radio, telephone, Internet — no outside contact. Read this poem at the beginning and end of your Day (or half-day) of Silence. Can you manage at least an hour of silence?