“Everything worthwhile for the soul is gained through silence. When you verbalize, you’ve moved into your head.”

Yogi Amrit Desai

silence

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.

22 comments on “* Mum’s the Word

  1. suzicate

    My time of silent solitude is a must for me.

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  2. Quietude: the lost art – it seems almost a tragedy for humankind.

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  3. I’m breaking my silence to tell you how great this post was, Val.

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  4. I enjoy silence. During the day, we don’t have the TV on or music playing. Instead, I listen to the whir of the ceiling fan, the ticking of the clock, the rustle of palm fronds, the quack of the duck, and . . . the loud insistence of The Cat.

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  5. Love the sentiments expressed in this post Val and the image you’ve used is marvellous.

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  6. I love this Val, it’s so true – practicing silence gives way to the profound.
    Mum’s the word…
    ❤

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  7. I cherish my quiet time. That’s when I’m happiest. 🙂

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  8. I loved that article, it was so interesting about that Monk’s journey, and brings up some good points. I don’t sit in silence very often, but always enjoy it when I do – it may be time to transition some of my meditation to silence instead of soft music/nature sounds. That was the easiest way for me to learn, set the timer with the soft music, and I just never thought about transitioning to silence!

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    • Thank you Kate for sharing your insights … there is much to learn about our inner world in silence. Let me know how it goes 💛

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  9. Beautiful reminder of that old saying, “Less is more.” Going to read the article a couple of times before the end of the day.

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  10. Wonderful post Val highlighting the health of silence. It’s not something that is often valued in our busy world, and as you say, it is so important. 🙂

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  11. The older I get, the more I treasure my solitude. Without it, my life really tilts off center and that is not a pleasant thing!

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  13. Great post. Reminds me of: “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

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