Silence

Silence:  the absence of sound and noise; quietness, stillness, lack of commotion

There is no reply to the ignorant like keeping silence. Proverb

Saying nothing…sometimes says the most. Emily Dickenson

Silence is a source of great strength. Lao Tzu  

    Silence can sometimes be a very difficult thing to find. In the hustle bustle world in which we live, the sound of silence can be rather rare. Being around peace and quiet can be good for us. It can be therapeutic. We need to understand the value of removing ourselves from the constant bombardment of too much noise and commotion.   

   We should not be afraid of quietness. Sometimes the peace and quiet resulting from a lack of activities, the lack of noise and lack of demand on our time, are necessary. It is good to find tranquility; to turn everything off and enjoy the peace that can come with silence. The adage that says it is so noisy that we cannot hear ourselves think serves as a good reminder of all the noise pollution that surrounds us. The adverse consequences of too much noise and commotion, is probably taking more of a toll on our productivity and mental health than we know. There are myriads of sounds all around, competing with each other, each drowning the other out as they invade our ear drums. It is up to us to have a mindset that calls for us to control the amount of noise in our lives.

    We are aware of the hearing damage resulting from too many decibels in music, street noise or machinery. Noise management is a very important issue that should not be taken for granted. Our mental health and physical health hangs in the balance. Loud and continuous noises which have been used by our intelligence agencies are now considered to be a form of torture. If we allow ourselves to continuously be deluged by harmful noises we are likely subjecting ourselves to physical and mental harm. If we engage in such behavior, we may be practicing self-torture and a form of masochism? 

    The saying that “Silence is Golden” tells us something. We need periods of silence. We need to turn of the noise and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of silence. We should use the opportunity to allow ourselves time to think and to mellow. It may be good to have a special place to go or some special time set aside to take time out and immerse ourselves in silence. It takes both self-discipline and a sense of focus to manage the incessant noise in our lives. It may be much more important that we know.

 

Challenge: Noise can be a form of pollution. It may be toxic to your health. It is a good idea to take time on a daily basis and find ways to remove yourself from noise. Try to clear your mind from the pressures of the day. Foster the idea of peace and quiet. Think in terms of being cool, calm, and collected. It may take a little patience and persistence to get the hang of it.  Enjoy the absence of noise. You will be rewarded for the effort.   

 Wisdom: In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. Mahatma Gandhi  

 Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

One of the benefits of placing ourselves in an environment that enables us to hear ourselves think; is that in just such an environment we are more likely to find ourselves communicating with God. The Bible tells us that God does not generally force himself on us. If we seek him, he will find us. If we want his help and advice, he is there to help us. God is always there. He greatly desires for us to ask him to take an active part in our lives. 

 Prayer: Help me to be able to turn off the noise and to spend more time listening to you.                                         

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