Hacking Silence

Silence is golden – the fuller quote is  ‘speech is silver; silence is golden’ from the same era as ‘ Silence is a woman’s best garment’.

“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

Convincing language and sentiment but how can we achieve comfort in silence?  I am not talking about my silence in the face of conversation or silence that may be seen as rude. Rather I am referring to silence as a contemplative, reflective, restorative state. With the whirring of the world how do I quiet my mind and my tongue?

It begins by turning off the cacophony – TV, Radio, music, Internet, phones and secluding yourself in the practice of silence. I suggest that 10 minutes is a good starting point with a goal of stretching the peace once it moves from anxious to bliss. Like most things, of worth, it requires a daily effort. Set aside 15 minutes, tomorrow, to prepare and rest in silence. Note what disturbs your peace so that it can be remidied for Tuesday and beyond.

Silence flourishes better in certain states ; maintain a period of absolute bodily stillness in a type of silent meditation every morning, a time just to allow everything to be without your controlling interest to appear. Practice stillness and silence together for the greatest blessings.

Be still and silent,


Update : Couldn’t resist this picture from Bored Panda which came a couple hours after this post went up.


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