In silence there is eloquence.
Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.
Thus wrote the great Sufi mystic, Rumi. Why is it that so many of us are reluctant, indeed, afraid, to be silent. To allow our thoughts and words to drop into the back of our consciousness and to rest in the stillness. To simply be, with no adornment and without commentary on who we think we are and what role we play in the world. What happens to us, the ones we think we are, during those times of quiet? Are we still here? Do we still exist?
What if we found that, without all the adjectives that we attach to our name, we are actually MORE alive and joyous when we step into the place of silence? All of those stories we tell ourselves about who we are and all the trappings we have in the world are okay, but they DO NOT define who we really are. Only when we step aside, witness, and see through divine eyes, do we see our magnificence.
Silence is a source of great strength.
All of us can take the time to just be silent. You don’t have to do formal meditation or go on a retreat. Maybe you just clear the thoughts and words out of your mind for a few minutes just before you fall asleep or at a designated convenient time during the day or just before dinner. See what happens. Thoughts and words will probably rise. Take a look at them, don’t get hooked, just let them go. You might even repeat “No thoughts. No words. Just silence,” as a type of mantra and reminder. Then, when you are finished with your “vacation” from thinking, don’t analyze what happened. Let it all go.
Saint John of the Cross said:
It is best to learn to silence the faculties and to cause them to be still,
so that God may speak.
It has long been known that silence is capable of opening a doorway, a sacred link to the eternal being that is you. There is much wonder to behold when you engage silence as a personal habit. So take a moment to glimpse or fully experience the you that is ever eternal and embraced in love. What could be more important?