A Simple Discipline: Silence

Silence can be hard to come by in our hectic, fast paced and often LOUD world.  Sometimes is seems that everywhere we go we are bombarded with sound and often it is just too loud to ignore.  As someone who is very sensitive to sound, if it is too loud it sends shock waves through my entire body.  I am very aware of the potential harm in prolonged exposure to my own body, but I believe constant exposure to noise is harmful to every one.  Once while leaving a church service with especially loud music a dear older man who was a church usher said to me, “We’re going to need to have a healing service for all the people who go deaf from the music.”

But aside from the pain and discomfort caused by loud sounds, they also disrupt our spiritual connection to the divine.  We need that connection.  We actually need time alone in the silence to clear our minds, reconnect and remember who we are.  If you think you are too busy to find time for silent reflection, don’t worry, sooner or later you body will make time.  This may not be the most pleasant of experiences as it may involve a physical injury or illness requiring you to stop and just be still.

Find time in your day to sit in the stillness and just be.  You can start with just a few minutes.  If you live a busy life it may take time to get used to the quiet.  It may feel bad at first.  I believe that is why we work so hard to fill our lives up with busyness and noise, to avoid the discomfort we feel in silence.  We may even do this in church.  Give it time.

I like to spend time in nature.  Sitting in a beautiful setting naturally calms me.  Focusing on your breath is another way to ease into silence.  You may meditate if you wish.  A spiritual path I follow calls the place of stillness where we meet God in meditation The Silence.  You will hear more about this aspect of silence later this month.

Our bodies, minds and spirits need times of quiet.  Find or create the time to sit and listen to the silence.

6 thoughts on “A Simple Discipline: Silence”

  1. I have tried to make meditation part of my day and then sadly life gets busy and it is the first thing to go. I guess that only reinforces why I need to make it more of a priority. Great post!

    1. Thank you. It can take awhile to figure these things out. I think it’s better to start with small amounts of time and work up, but that’s just my opinion. I have certain places that automatically put me into a meditative state, like the bench by the lake {when it’s not under water, which has been hard to come by this year}. 🙂

    1. Hi Laura! I practice yoga daily using online videos. I prefer teachers who see yoga as more than physical exercise and end and/or begin their classes with a meditation. I want to feel calm and centered when I do yoga, I don’t want to pant and sweat. 🙂 My morning walk is a time I use to be alone when it is still quiet. In the summer I walk down to the lake to watch the sunrise. I recently wrote a piece about my morning walk that will post on the blog in March (I think). Bob and I also have a meditation time in the evening. As Christians and we put the White Light of Christ around us when we meditate. I know meditation in and of itself is not religious, but I use it as a tool to connect to the God within in a deep way.

      If you have any specific questions I will try to answer them.

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