“Everything worthwhile for the soul is gained through silence. When you verbalize, you’ve moved into your head.”
Yogi Amrit Desai
Practicing silence means making a commitment to take a certain amount of time to be with yourself. To simply Be.
It may seem obvious, but to experience silence means periodically withdrawing from talking, interacting or using our brain for a specific purpose.
Its a conscious letting go. It’s also periodically withdrawing from activities such as watching television, listening to music or reading a book.
If you never give yourself the opportunity to experience silence, this creates turbulence in your internal dialogue. It increases your inner chatter and clutter.
So lets set aside a time every once in a while to experience silence. Or simply make a commitment to maintain silence for a certain period each day. You can do it for one hour, two or more… one day two or more.
Initially your internal dialogue will become more turbulent and loud. You and your ego will feel an intense need to say things, and a sense of urgency and anxiety may take over.
Stay with the experience, and you will find the internal dialogue quietens and the silence becomes profound.
I came across this light and engaging article that you might enjoy. “The Splendid Spiritual Practice of Silence” is about a young monk’s experience of being silent for a year. You can read it by clicking here.
Mum’s the word … that speaks to the soul.