Silence is the preparation to understand the world around us. Of course, it all depends on how we use it.
- An earnest silence nourishes the soul and enables awareness. It allows new thoughts to emerge as it stimulates a receptive mind.
- An enthusiastic silence creates alertness and interest to hear and encourage clarification.
- Silence brings calm and serenity with others and nature.
- Silence is a way to doze, to resent, to rage, to be indifferent or detached.
Although there are many intents and purposes for silence, one cannot deny that it plays a vital role in creating something better, meaningful, and peaceful. In the creative world, from composers to writers and artists, silence is used to create a space to communicate ideas without agitation to enhance the experience and encourage comprehension.
Maybe we should all contemplate the power of silence and how effectively we can communicate without rattling on.
Truly, we should all learn to dwell in silence to express our thoughts and engagement. Knowing that silence is one of the conditions within our power to control, this dynamic state must be part of our daily lives. Certainly, immersing in silence is not an easy task. There are many scenarios that we lose the capacity to be silent, in highly stressful situations, in serious discussions or even self-talk. However, the core understanding of the following statements can help us navigate our emotions and use silence to connect with our creative and strong self.
Silence to calm a situation
You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you.”
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.52
Engage in meaningful talk
“Be silent for the most part, or, if you speak, say only what is necessary and in a few words. Talk, but rarely, if the occasion calls you, but do not talk of ordinary things—of gladiators or horses races or athletes or of meats or drinks—these are topics that arise everywhere.”
As a stoic visualize the worst thing that can happen and champion you fears
“Silence is a lesson learned through life’s many sufferings.”
You are in control
“Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy.”
The best answer to anger is silence
“Better to trip with the feet than the tongue.”
“Work hard in silence; let your success make the noise.”
On a final note, be present, be conscious as Rumi said: “Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”
Artwork from Chris Levine