Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Moment Of Silence




Lately, I spend more time in silence. Silence has become my friend. I am getting more quiet than usual, both at home and in office.

Instead of words, I prefer to use a smile now. And I don't meddle into things that doesn't require my attention. I love to see things from afar, only share my views when it is absolutely necessary.

Of course, I still have my circle of friends, one of my most treasured assets. But I am getting more selective these days, since there are too many busy talkers and rumor-mongers around us.

I enjoy working in silence. I read, write, count or type while listening to soft and soothing music in a small but quiet room. And I enjoy total silence when I pray and submit myself to God.

A moment of silence helps to avoid unnecessary impulses. It also helps to take more constructive actions. The practice of silence can rule our daily life so that we don't harm myself and others.

Silence always let me have an upper hand in any discussion, dispute or quarrel. It gives me the patience and tolerance I need in the face of people's remarks, insults or criticism. It helps me to communicate with others more effectively. It helps me to draw attention to what I am trying to say, and it helps me to pace my speech. The practice of silence helps to convey acceptance and trust.

Silence also helps me to conquer my weakness. It helps me to settle down fast, reducing my anxiety and desperation. It helps me to understand myself better by re-evaluating my life. And it helps me to put my life into perspective.

Silence also helps me to enjoy my life. It helps me to define music from noise, it helps me to give shape to the phrases I say, and it allows me to breathe more slowly and properly.

Silence also helps me to listen to God's words. It helps me to gather my thoughts and turn my attention toward the sacred Word of God.

I believe a moment of silence is a necessary ingredient for a simple and contented lifestyle.

"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).

9 comments:

Doug said...

Absolutely wonderful. Thank you.

bstone said...

really nice, i like the silent route too. less, well, less of the blah

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I knew you were going to use that verse! I really need to do this more often.

Roxanne said...

I used to sit in silence. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get back to that. I love that verse.

Star-chuu said...

I am a silent type of a woman, If i am in the crowd, I am looking for the place which is far from it and a silent place wherein I can see myself talking to the nature. Ohhh..how i miss to be in the silent place that no one around me..but only the whisper of the breeze talking to our God in silence with a smile...Thanks for this entry, i like it.

yeokeehui@gmail.com said...

I think when God creates us in His image, there is this special channel for us to communicate with Him without interference. When we have peace with God, silent is golden.

_el@i_ said...

nice place, perfect for a time of silence..:)

Dorothy L said...

Well said.
If people only stood still long enough to just listen to their own mind...they would be amazed at how easy it is to organize and silence.

Life has become far to busy and it has caused people to become confused in understanding the effects of silence and solitary.
thank you for the reality check.

Have a very positive day!

DorothyL

Kikit said...

when a man is comfortable with silence, one is comfortable with himself. :)

good to hear that you are at home with yourself. :)