Sitting in the Silence

There is so much noise in our worlds; much of which we cannot control.

Most of us are deluged daily with over-stimulation.  I got a humongous dose while in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.  Talk about the capital of too much sensory perception!

Within the last week, sans Vegas, I’ve realized that I am immersed in noise simply by being alive.  This Mindful Monday message is one of good news:   You can create your own silent haven in a multitude of ways.  I’d like to mention to, one obvious, one non-traditional.

When I speak of sitting in silence, yes, I encourage meditation.  I don’t know how it is for you, but quieting my noisy mind is a fearsome chore sometimes (okay, most times), but I am making progress.

The other way that I’m learning to sit in silence is a bit more radical.  See what you think.

In the midst of our noisy work-school-exercise-neighborhood meeting-social obligation-the-beat-goes-on week, let’s focus on setting a conscious intention to step away from constant communication and create meaningful silence.

Now, before you start thinking that I’m suggesting you ignore your boss or your sweetie, let me explain.

I had the opportunity this week to participate in a semi-voluntary silent retreat from communicating with a loved one.  We went from multiple daily conversations, texts and emails to complete silence for several days.  Then, we gradually began a handful of texts.  We have only spoken three times.

We both discovered a sacredness in the silence between us, as if it were a safe and comfortable respite from the craziness of our daily lives.  It felt good to step away for a bit and to focus on the things that bring me peace . . . space freed up by silence provided the ability to get in touch with my wants and needs.

Have you considered the gift of silence and how you can benefit from it?  Please ponder silence this week, practice it, and let me know how the experience is for you.

B Well & Silent (if you choose!),

Beth

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.  ~William Penn

Silence is the true friend that never betrays.  ~Confucius

Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation.  ~James Thurber

Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for – sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quite and calm…. One of the greatest sounds of them all – and to me it is a sound – is utter, complete silence.  ~Andre Kostelanetz

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Beth,

    Interesting silence practice with your loved one. Something to consider trying. During the last few years, I have begun sitting for period of time each day. Now that it is a routine in my life, I can feel my body urging me to meditate if I have missed a few days. I find it very calming and in our busy lives how much this is needed.

    • Beth Wilson says:

      You are so right, Cathy. I feel the urge for daily quiet time as well and the pull is more intense the more my life speeds up. The trick is knowing how to recognize the signs and take care of our needs. Reflection, meditation, zen moments–all are decidedly highly rated!

      B Well!

  2. Samantha32 says:

    As a business woman and making whole day busy, I’m looking for a place where I can’t hear something or get away with reality… Silence is the factor which I longing for several years…

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