“Listen to the silence. It has so much to say.”
In stillness, I found my silence.
Over the years I have come to appreciate the sound of silence, far more than ever.
The endless chatter in my head, has paved way for the meanigful presence of silence.
In silence I have found my solace. Sometimes the best answers lie in the midst of silence. And they have come tumbling my way cocooned in the warmth of quietness.
I was a very chatty person, ever since I was a child. I never really understood the simple pleasures of rejoicing in silence. So much so, that my teachers at school called me “chatter-box”, and the only grievance they had against me at PTMs was my ability to talk too much!
But the pandemic has indeed opened up new vistas in my life, one wherein I have learned to appreciate the sound of silence.
In my silence I have found my bliss. I have found the nagging answers to the questions that have bothered me.
I have made peace with the unwarranted demons in my head, and silently so.
Silence has taught me that not everything needs to have a reaction.
In the comforting presence of silence words don’t matter. It is action that speaks louder than any words could.
Silence sometimes is the best answer to somebody else’s rant against me, or otherwise.
I have also discovered not everything that other person is feeling has to do with me; it could be what they need to sort in their heads, in their silence.
In my quiet moments, I have come to value the smallest of things; that would have otherwise missed my gaze.
And in the midst of silence wells up immense gratitude, wisdom and understanding of that which remains unsaid.
Silence and Its After-Effects
I am married to a person who relishes his silence far more than anybody I know. Yes, that’s my DH for you. For years I did not understand how someone could be so quiet. I have come to value his ability to be silent slowly but surely.
After all Lao Tzu rightly said,
“Silence is the source of great strength.”
Someday I wish to do the Silence program, Vipassana. A long cherished desire, for many years now, and experience what it feels to be silent for 10 days!
Do you appreciate the sound of silence, or not?
What makes you want to stay silent?
What drives you to talk or express yourself?
Have you found your answers in silence, or otherwise?
What does silence mean to you?
I’d really love to know. Do share your thoughts with me.
I found my silence more recently in the mountains. I love how the mountains are enveloped in the beauty of their pristine silence; the solitude of towering yet calming breeze of the pine forests, and the mighty oaks. A lesson I duly carried back home.
“The more quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.”