“Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, “Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be relfected on the surface of your being.” ~ Deepak Chopra …
It has oft been said that “silence is golden,” and I have only found this to become truer with time. Silence is the friend of philosophers and thinkers, and the balm of the weary and exhausted. It cultivates our souls and provides rest for our hearts. It is a necessary ingredient of life… and as such, its value is far greater than gold and more important than any material thing we can devise.
I have personally found the moments of true silence in my life to be powerful agents of relaxation and peace. Even when those times are subject to the stresses and busyness of life, they still remain wonderful reminders of just what life can be if I allow it to be so. Still, there are those of us who have a fear of silence, who must have the TV on while they are sitting in a room, or the music playing while they are driving down the road. And when they are in the company of others, they fill every silent moment with conversation and speech. But if we never allow silence to work its magic in our life, we will miss out on all it has to offer us, and we will continue to see it as a negative thing.
Silence helps us to connect with our inner selves and with the world around us. It allows us to take a deep breath and slow down our thinking, to quiet our minds. It reminds us of the deeper parts of ourselves that we tend to push aside in our constant pursuit of accomplishment and achievement. Silence is, perhaps, the simplest and easiest place for us to connect with our spirits. Yet it is only when we allow ourselves to be truly immersed in it, that we can turn our gaze wholly inward; only then can we pay attention to the deeper, more spiritual, more emotional, more intellectual, and more creative parts of ourselves.
Allow silence to be a part of your life–even if it is only for a few minutes during the day. Spend that time in reflection–learning about yourself, seeking to better understand life, healing, and growing. Discover your core of inner silence, and find a place of peace, acceptance, and awareness that you can go to whenever you are in need of it.
Spend some time in silence.
Questions to consider:
What kinds of benefits can you see in accessing the silence inside of yourself?
Why is silence not one of the more dominant aspects of most of our lives?
How, specifically, might you create conditions that will allow you to experience your own core of inner silence?
For further thought:
“Take time to be quiet. This is something that we don’t do enough in this busy world of ours. We rush, rush, rush, and we are constantly listening to noise all around us. The human heart was meant for times of quiet, to peer deep within. It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams! Schedule some quiet “dream time” this week. No other people. No cell phone. No computer. Just you, a pad, a pen, and your thoughts.” ~ Jim Rohn, Establishing Dreams and Goals