The Art of Silence

 

The Oxford dictionary defines the term Silence as an absence of sound or noise. In simple language, it is the situation where there is cease of conversation or the absence of formal talk. In my point of view, Silence is the state, which involves in the art of speaking with our inner self. It is because when we are sitting silent or not having conversation with anyone, we will be having conversation with our inner self. This conversation is very crucial because most of the time we will be in the state of silence. I recollect Satya Sai Baba’s saying, “The voice of the God can be heard only in the depth of silence, Silence is the speech of spiritual seeker, you can experience Divine Bliss only in absolute Silence.”

The art of silence is to be learnt because in this state, many positive and negative thoughts will revolve in our mind. If the person is pessimistic, most of the time he will be thinking about negative thoughts, which will give him an anxiety, his look will be desperate, day to day works will be hampered which will ultimately ruin his life. As Lord Buddha said, “What we think, we become.” Therefore, it is very important to analyse what we are thinking about in the state of silence. Negative thoughts will definitely come but we have to stop it from controlling our brains and try to fill it with the positive thoughts. The basic thing is to make our mind calm in the state of silence, fill it with the deepest positive thoughts; then we can be ready to face every challenge of our life.

Moreover, the art of silence is important in every walk of life. For instance, in student life, we have to learn this art because it makes us self- disciplined and top of it, if we learn this art, we can pay full attention to what is being taught in class. At home, in the state of silence, we can recollect those points and get a better understanding. Not only for students, it is important for all of us because it makes us self- contemplative and innovative. It makes us silent listener and admirer of Nature and God, which will lead our way for spiritual journey.

We need to practice this art for better communication skills because if we have the habit of interrupting in middle of conversation without listening to the whole message, conversation might not be successful. Therefore, it is very important to stay silent, listen to the whole message and respond accordingly. Some of us might have the habit of speaking without giving chance to their friends then naturally, they will get bored. In this case, too, the conversation will not be successful. For this reason, we should learn to stay silent, listen carefully to thoughts and ideas of our friends and respond; only then, the healthy conversation is possible. Chinese philosopher, Confucius says, “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”

Therefore, we have to learn the art of silence for better communication skills, for making us contemplative, meditative, innovative and creative. I would like to conclude the topic in the words of Mother Teresa, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. 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.”

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