It may seem odd that silence should be discussed, considering the saying that "silence is more eloquent than words." As man is a social animal, it can be hard to consider silence as an option. However, silence, when it has to be maintained, can be so rewarding that it is not just an option but a path toward enriching your life.
Why is Silence Important?
Silence is stronger than words as it aids in introspection, thereby creating a better understanding of self and society. Silence helps to discover your true Self as your focus shifts from words to inner thoughts, which you never knew existed (Learn why you should practice self-study here.). When you have practiced the art of being silent, the question of resisting the urge to respond does not arise as you don't feel the urge in the first place. Your mind is tuned to staying composed. In most cases, instant communication does not represent true feelings. When your mind is relaxed, the need for an immediate response does not arise. Hence, you get the time to analyze the situation as it deserves and you may surprise yourself by your thoughtful response, which you would not have given otherwise. Silence can convert an instant denial to an open offer or the reverse. When words are not delivered immediately, the level of emotional attachment decreases, making you look deep inside and come out with your mind's words.
In addition to reducing stress and improving your mood, silence refreshes your soul and makes you feel connected. Talking makes you spend more energy and, if the talking is of no significance, you stand to lose your time and energy. By observing silence, you limit yourself to speaking when important and when you have a worthy contribution to make, which is soul-satisfying. The more silent you are, higher are your chances to listen to your soul. You not only shut yourself from sound but you also check the mental noise, which, so far, was a hindrance to listening to your inner voice.
More Benefits of Silence
It is great that you are silent when you have nothing to say, but it is absolutely rewarding when you remain silent when you have something to say for this is when you learn what silence teaches you. Silence helps you to master the art of self-control. It helps to achieve emotional balance, study a situation without being sentimentally overwhelmed and make decisions that move your life forward. Silence improves your listening skills. Just as Alfred Brendel, the famous pianist, rightly said, "The word, 'silent,' contains the word, 'listen,' which seems to indicate that your silence will make you listen more." Your silence becomes productive as your mind is focused on what you hear and is able to analyze whatever information comes your way. When you practice silence, your mind has to focus on listening, which improves your understanding and makes your relationships better. Contrary to the popular belief that silence can kill your communication, silence can really improve your communication skills. By letting others speak, you gain a better understanding, which makes your communication more focused, decided and, thus, effective.
How Silence Influences Your Meditation Practice
Observing silence can do wonders for your meditation practice. Here is how silence helps:
- Helps you understand Self as direct contact is established with the mind.
- Checks the flow of thoughts and impulsiveness to speak.
- Boosts willpower, which is essential for practice.
- Relieves stress and tension, and calms the mind, thereby aiding in uninterrupted meditation (Find out here if you're meditating correctly.).
- Relaxes the nervous system and calms the brain.
- Improves your focus and prevents the mind from wandering, which is essential while meditating.
- Conserves energy, which helps to focus on meditation.
As the saying goes, "The fruit of silence is tranquility." To experience peace and eternal bliss, you need to practice silence, which is a language by itself.