The Gift of Silence



I have been struggling recently with my words. I have wanted to blog, and have had plenty of thoughts, images, and abstract ideas – but nothing definite and everything elusive. Why? I thought to myself. When there is plenty whirling around my head, why am I having trouble putting it into a cohesive idea; story; poem?
And just the other day, I realised what it was:

Yes – Silence.
I – my mind – wants silence. It doesn’t want to create right now: I have spent a lot of time writing, creating and crafting ideas and poems.
I have also spent a lot of time reading – I am deep into the final Joran/Sanderson ‘Wheel of Time’ book, and am relishing every page, every word – and yet, this is more words I am absorbing.
And, of course, I have a 4 year old daughter who LOVES to talk – so I am spending my words with her.
It seems that something inside me has decided that I have used up all of my words and right now, it wants…. Silence.

Silence is precious. We rarely use it. Background television; radio; on our phones, talking or texting; talking in company, socialising or at work… we surround ourselves with people and technology, words words words.
When do we stop? When do we delight in that time of just be-ing? Not thinking, not struggling with words, not composing – in writing or talking, but just…
Silence. Pure silence. It is amazing what Silence can do for you:

She sits, like a close friend long absent, nestling comfortably close, not speaking (of course), just being, with you. You are comfortable in Her company; you realise words are not needed. You do not need to do anything. You can relax fully totally, just be in the moment…

And a wonderful thing happens: positivity; contentedness; thoughts that had been hard to obtain become clear; problems turn into solutions.
In the company of Silence, you find… Yourself. You had lost yourself, in the hustle and bustle of everyday, in pleasing others, in being diplomatic, in being strong, in being a ‘label’, the Inside You was dissolving…
And your good friend Silence brings You back. You are fully yourself again. And, hopefully, a happy you.
Without words, Silence has done what only a best friend can. She has restored you. And, Her job completed, gently She departs, knowing She will be back with you again… sooner or later… when you remember what a good friend She is.
So here is my offering to you today, dear readers and, dare I say, friends. Not words. Not cleverness or crafting. I offer you all that I can, and I hope it is enough. I offer you:

Blessings be

  • Picture: ‘Silence’ card from the Osho Zen Tarot.
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  1. Ssssshhhh ! 🙂

  2. silence is golden…..Elf and I sometimes sit cuddled up together reading on the sofa…silent except for the turning of the pages and the gentle breathing which is somehow comforting. We also play board games, sometimes in silence while we concentrate on what move to make next in the strategy! 🙂
    walks in the woods, despite having the sound of the birds or the water, the wind, the leaves…is somehow strangely quiet and meditational…holding hands while we relish the energy and the air.
    silence alone, and silence together. bliss

  3. This is one of the reasons I enjoy living alone…silence when needed.

  4. In 2012, for many Thursdays in a row, my topic was “Silence”
    The Great Creator is silence.
    Silence is the great creator.
    Love, hugs and prayers…ME and the Boss

  5. Oh blessed silence..oh how I yearn for you! I could shout it from the rooftops! Excellent post….I feel the same way sometimes. 🙂

  6. silence the beginning of all creations

  7. Twice the blogs. Does that mean I have to be twice as silent? lol

    I may chat here a lot but I am really a very silent person.
    I am happy with your offering. 🙂

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