True solitude is where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives
We enter solitude, in which also we lose loneliness…True solitude is found in wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of one’s most intimate sources. In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. The more coherent one becomes within oneself as a creature, the more fully one enters into the communion of all creatures. There is… the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul. Governed by the passionate belief that “silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything,” I am writing this blog while in the midst of my own silence. I have an inner calling for quiet. In my heart, there are no words for how I am experiencing the world. Often in conversation, people are so busy thinking about how they’ll respond, they miss what is being said. They may not be speaking at that moment, but inside they are not being silent. Silence is the great receiver. Tune in and listen.
Silence is a great tool for counselors if it is used in the right way. It is also great when listening to friends and family. Silence helps us to work through, in our minds, the events of the day or project what we want to happen during the day ahead. Similarly, it brings our awareness back to the present and increases our self-awareness. Again, silence is golden because we know that self-reflection is important to human development and learning. On the other hand, silence feeds our imaginations and causes all types of anxious conjurations. If we’re clever about it, we can leverage these negative reactions to create positive value. Silence can be confusing and can make people feel uncomfortable and alone. After all, the art of silence plays a vital role in our practical life as well as our personal life. So, everyone should practice the noble virtue.