The Power of Silence

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “Silence is a source of great strength.” As I get older, I am starting to understand that more and more. Silence really is golden! Quiet pauses throughout the day help connect us, ease our minds and put us better in touch with ourselves. Maybe it’s by taking a moment to remember a loved one, waking up before the sun rises or replacing a noisy time of day with a calming break; whatever you choose it is necessary. You deserve a break, as too much stimulation and noise coming at us is extremely overwhelming and detrimental. We need to carve out quiet time for our mental health and make that a priority daily. Making a conscious choice to put your phone down, is a great start!

According to psychologists and philosophers alike, silence can wake us up and provide meaningful answers in our lives. Silence can give us a gentle nudge to let us know if something doesn’t feel right by putting us in touch with our body and our emotions. Silence can increase self-awareness, self-compassion and improve decision-making skills with improved mental clarity. One of the most important benefits of being in silence is that it helps you become calmer. When you are always at peace and at a state of calmness, you can see your surroundings and notice what works and what doesn’t in your life. Honor your life by practicing silence regularly. Use the quiet to allow your mind to slow down and reset your body and spirit.

Studies have shown that people who are always being in silence tend to have more patience. When you are alone and in silence, you use less energy because you are in a relaxed state and there are fewer distractions. So, if you want to be more productive, try to spend a few minutes or hours in silence every day. By choosing silence, you will naturally listen more and others have the opportunity to share more, enhancing your relationships. Additionally, calming yourself, being with yourself, and developing better patience on a regular basis, you can handle your relationship with others in a more efficient manner.

One way to develop your intuition and gut feeling is through silence. Research has shown that when you are in solitude, you will be able to listen to yourself better. It is not your indecision that makes the decision-making process difficult, but it is your self-doubt and fear to express your thoughts that stop most people from moving forward. Studies have shown that when you are alone and in the state of silence, you will engage more with your mind. You will be talking to yourself and answering questions, as a result, you will tap into your creativity. You need to go through mental detoxification by practicing being in silence. Taking the time for silence sends yourself the message that you are worth hearing!

I have taken "talk fasts" for several years now, and really appreciate the time not spent engaging with others in a verbal way. Queen Afua suggests that you take time out for yourself in sacred silence. I know there have been times where I simply have spoken too much. Purification comes from silence. Go within, pray, journal and meditate to seek a higher understanding of who you really are. Going into nature is an easy way to practice being silent. I try to carve out 1-4 hours a day without speaking and truly am able to experience the peace and joy of being quiet. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." - Lao Tzu. I seek for true power, and silence is the key!

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