“Truth does not reveal itself in the chatter of conversation, nor can it be coaxed to betray its secrets upon a printed page. Truth speaks only in the deep stillness of silence.” ~ Ananta Shanti dasa …
Silence often speaks louder than words; and when it comes to speaking truth, this is all the more accurate. I have experienced such epiphanies in my own life, seeking in the “deep stillness” within the silent solitude of my heart. There were times when I felt broken and hopeless and let my guard down; and times when I felt the surreal and infinite beauty of life, and my heart was opened. And perhaps because these moments are rare in our lives, when they do happen upon us, we cannot help but stare in awesome wonder at the beauty of this truth.
In my own life, a few such apparent moments were the birth of each of my children or the death of my grandparents. In these times I could not help but come face to face with an understanding of the beauty in this world, of a deeper purpose and a greater meaning to my very existence, of my mortality and the grandeur of life. And then there were other times in which I actively sought out the company of silence, such as spiritual retreats, prayer, meditation, escaping into nature, and spending time putting my thoughts and feelings into words. Here I found a deeper truth in my relationship with God and strengthened my compassion and empathy towards those whom I care greatly for.
For many of us, truth is a relative term that takes on the meanings of our constantly changing realities–our jobs and professions, our friends and family, our neighbors and coworkers, our current situations and circumstances, our attitudes and beliefs. But there is a much deeper truth that courses throughout our lives–one that is constant, unchanging–and if we wish to hear it, we have to be willing to seek the deep stillness of silence, we have to be willing to think beyond yesterday’s sporting event or last night’s TV show.
The greater truths of life are waiting for us to come find them–to give them our undivided attention and listen to them with genuine consideration. Perhaps that means spending time enveloped by nature, or in the solitude of prayer in a quiet church. Maybe it means escaping to a hill some evening to gaze upon the stars. And in that deep and profound silence is our window to the amazing miracles that surround us, a chance for us to secure a glimpse of the bigger picture of life and the importance of just being alive as opposed to always doing. But we must be able to slow ourselves down–to clear our thoughts, free our bodies, release our feelings, hear our spirits, and simply let ourselves be and let the world be.
Spend some time in the compelling silence that surrounds you.
Questions to consider:
Why are we so obsessed with making noise and dispelling silence?
What kinds of truths have you seen or felt during your truly quiet times?
How can we go about finding moments of silence in our lives?
For further thought:
“This withdrawal from the day’s turmoil into creative silence is not a luxury, a fad, or a futility. It is a necessity, because it tries to provide the conditions wherein we are able to yield ourselves to intuitive leadings, promptings, warnings, teachings, and counsels and also to the inspiring peace of the soul. It dissolves mental tensions and heals negative emotions.” ~ Paul Brunton, (excerpt from The Notebooks of Paul Brunton)