The Gift of Silence
Behold the gift of silence. It marks the spaces between our thoughts. It cleans the edges of our minds. It gives us room to breathe.
Martin Heidegger once said: “We make space inside ourselves so being can speak.”
But do we really? Many people struggle with silence, as if it is the absence of something, like air or water or food to eat. But silence is a necessary, yet sorely lacking part of our day. When we enter the silence, we are greeted with our inner core. For many, it is a sad sight to see. Ruins formed by neglect float on the inside. It is painful to observe how poorly fed our true selves have become.
For years you may have had the habit of filling your time with distraction, not wanting to look inside yourself for what will truly make you happy. Then one day your body, the emissary of all thought, finally strikes you down with an illness or malaise. You are forced to notice something is not right. It affects everything about you. Your body knows.
Or perhaps you have forged on as a result of your circumstances. You held on to a belief system so tightly, even as it strapped you into a straightjacket of your own making. You knew something wasn’t right, but you held on for dear life to the only thing you were taught was true.
Only, it turns out, it wasn’t.
Then you receive a wake-up call, as we all do, to what is really going on inside your soul. It cries out for the nourishment it needs so badly. Some of us have pretty strong pain points. We can go on for years without paying attention to the deep-seated pain caused by ignoring our truest reality. Others more attuned to themselves feel it much more quickly and take action right away.
Wherever you are on your journey, know that this is your life. There are no mistakes, just experiences that change your direction. We each have a personal bank account of time. The choice is ours as to how we spend it.
Bathe in the silence today. It will speak louder than any words you can tell yourself.
willowdrinkwaterOctober 23, 2012 at 11:54 am
This is exactly what Celina and I did yesterday…on a God Trip to test the silence. No Lifeguard on Duty said the sign at Sherando Lake. Just us. And God’s turning leaves. What a beautifully written post — “Bathe in the silence…” indeed!
powerofslowOctober 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Thank you! I am so glad you were able to feel the power of silence yourselves. It’s an amazing thing.
Jewel Allen (@jewelallen87)October 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Hi Christine! Glad you found my site so I can find yours. 🙂 Sometimes the kids and I will just sit in silence and work on our different things. Or turn on some soft music. It makes my home feel like a haven, and I love that.