“See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…we need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Ten Things That Lead Me to Silence…
There are times when we choose to be silent, during meditation/prayer, and times when we are stunned into silence by events that take our breath away; that leave us speechless. When our spirit meets true silence, we respond without prompting. Whatever we believe in joins us there; God, energy, our own spirit, instructing us to pause, to be quiet, to be silent. What is ironic is that the moment we decide that we want to be silent, to enter a meditative state, our minds become active with the anticipation and even anxiety that precedes a conscious decision to turn the decibel level down; and eventually off. As I read a WP Daily Post prompt on a related theme, I had a revelation to look at ten things that lead me to silence; that leave me speechless. Here are three and more will be added below after the blog hop which continues. Update your post or add a new one you’d like others to read. Rules below
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♥ Beauty in Nature
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Sounds of Silence
Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.” The second monk said, “Aren’t we not supposed to talk?” The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?” The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak.”
“As a man thinketh, so is he.” Sometimes we make a great show of our vows of silence which, quite frankly, tends to reveal more about our ego than our wish to be quiet/silent. For true silence is not something we prompt, it happens of its own volition, in its own mystical, intelligent time. Above is a beautiful story on silence via Wikipedia to make you chuckle… We make the best effort that we can and the rest shows what we must really work at… True silence. Enjoy.
“There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” Gloria Naylor
♥ Razor sharp Truth
♥ Sadness, Anger, Exhaustion
♥ A satisfying meal, a great movie, beauty inside and out
The Silent Monks
Three monks who had taken vows of silence were permitted an annual reprieve during which one monk was permitted to speak at the end of each year of silence. At the end of the first year, the first monk was allowed his opportunity to speak, whereupon he said: The soup is too hot. Another year elapsed. Then it was the next monk’s turn. The monks turned their attention to him, whereupon he said: The soup is too cold. Another year elapsed. It was the third monk’s turn. The assembled monks turned to him, whereupon he said: The soup is neither too cold nor too hot. However, it is too salty.
By the fourth year, the Abbess had posted a notice that it would be she who would speak at the end of that year. The assembled monks were particularly alert to hear the esteemed Abbess give her speech. One could hear the sound of a butterfly’s wings in the silence which enveloped the hall. Whereupon the Abbess said: There will be no more of this quibbling about the soup. Thus have I heard.
Another wise story above… also from Wikipedia. Silence comes in many forms and is expressed in ways that reveal our frailties and our strengths. We may earnestly choose to be silent, but what about our mind and its endless chatter? How do we silence that powerful companion? Do we even need to? Perhaps an answer is not needed… Silence does reveal all. What are your thoughts? What things make you silent? How do you spend your chosen quiet time? Do share. Thank You!
This post was inspired by a Daily Post prompt: See how long you can sit in silence.
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Positive Motivation Tip: There are times we choose to be silent and times we are left speechless. Both take us to a quiet place inside. Sit and reflect on that place…