Can you be silent inside and out?

Hello my fellow human Beings:

Do you find that you are surrounded by a lot of noise?

Cars buzz by,

cell phones ring, tweet and ping,

dogs bark,

people chatter and

a multitude of others sounds surround us and invade our senses.

Then, even when we can find a quiet place, where we can sit alone, still there are all the noises within our own heads – that insistent chatter from our thoughts, replaying old soundtracks, making judgments and providing commentary on events, feelings, and circumstances.

Silence may seem elusive in our busy, noisy worlds, but as it has been said “silence is golden”.

Being able to find time every day to just be in silence can be a real blessing.

Perhaps there is a quiet spot in our homes where we can find some tranquility from the outside world. Maybe it is in a den, a corner of a bedroom, a back garden, or even the bathroom.  Just some place where we can be serene and not talk; somewhere we can practice being still and meditate.

Through our mindfulness meditation practice, we can be silent inside and out.

When we stop talking and sit quietly and focus our attention and awareness on our object of mindfulness (e.g. our breath), we can calm the chatter and relish the glorious stillness.

Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hahn  (Brother Thay) writes about silence in his article, “The Practice of Mindfulness” that appeared in the March 2010 issue of the Shambala Sun Magazine.  He states:

“During the time you are practicing mindfulness, you stop talking – not only the talking outside, but the talking inside.  The talking inside is the thinking, the mental discourse that goes on and on and on inside.  Real silence is the cessation of talking – of both the mouth and of the mind.  This is not the kind of silence that oppresses us.  It is a very elegant kind of silence, a very powerful kind of silence.  It is the silence that heals and nourishes us.”

So we need not fear silence, rather we can embrace its healing and nourishing powers.  We can learn to value silence and incorporate it into our daily lives with our meditation practice.  We can let our conscious breathing and breath awareness practices take us to a place of still waters, where the chatter inside and out ceases, and we can see things as they truly are, without judgment and without commentary. That is the priceless commodity of silence.

Brother Thay also reminds us that silence can be transformative and insightful.  He states:

“Silence is essential for deep transformation. It allows the practice of conscious breathing to become deep and effective. Like still water that reflects things as they are, the calming silence helps us to see things more clearly, and therefore, to be in deeper contact with ourselves and those around us.”

So as you go through this week, I encourage you to be still, meditate, connect with Your True Being, and be silent inside and out, so that you may value the treasure of silence and live more abundantly!

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