Silence , Elixier to our Soul
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13th Aug 2011, 05:03 AM #1
Silence , Elixier to our Soul
He who does not know how to be silent will not know how to speak .Ausonius
Silence is the true friend that never betrays. ~Confucius
In ancient India the mouna sadhana was observed by great Rishis to family people. They knew the value of silence and its reviving nature ,Elixier to body and soul.swami Ramakrishna, Sri Ramana,Kanchi periyavar and Gandhi tasted the fruit of Silence.
Mounam or Silence, if truly observed, will definitely help us in staying
in the Heart. Bhagavan Ramana says that the words are the most outward
activity, its father is thoughts. Silence is the father of thoughts. So the
Silence is the grandpa of words, and this is the most powerful sadhana.
Keeping silent, with thoughts mushrooming around, is not true silence.
Silence is thoughtless meditation.
In the twenty first century we unwittingly choose noise at every opportunity, inviting it into our lives and into our heads;
no wonder one third of the population needs anti-depressants at some time.
We need silence to hear ourselves and make our own choices.
W e need silence to bring us back to the present moment, to the here and now. We need silence in order to reflect on what has recently passed
so we can avoid repeating mistakes. We need stillness to recharge and to relax and to free our mind from the constant stream of desires that propel
us to a future where our life doesn’t yet exist.
We need silence to allow creativity to flourish and to realize our dreams. In crushing the necessary peace needed for imagination and recuperation,
we crush our potential.
We need silence to know who we are. Enslaved to noise, we can only focus on escape and the future, looking forward to becoming the person
we believe we might be.
Instruction to practice silence
Things You'll Need
Chair, pillow or yoga mat1
Enter the quiet space you have designated and remove all possible forms of distraction. Close the door and turn off phone ringers and computer alerts,
if nearby. If your space is outdoors, move away from other people and possible noise.
If your space is indoors, darken it by closing any window blinds or curtains and dimming the lights. If it is too dark, a dim lamp or candle will create
a peaceful atmosphere.
Sit in a comfortable position in a chair, on a pillow on the floor or on a yoga mat. Practice good posture by sitting up with your shoulders back.
Stay relaxed but not rigid. If on the floor, you can cross your legs in front of you or lie down on your back.
Close your eyes and slowly breathe in and out. Focus on clearing your mind of any thoughts. Concentrate on the quiet around you and the pattern
of your slow, rhythmic breathing.
After 5 to 10 minutes, slowly bring yourself back to the present moment. Return to the task at hand less stressed and with mor
Let me share with you seven benefits of silence that you can practice no matter where you live.
1. Silence is Creative
More and more we are required to “think outside the box.” This requires us to come up with new ideas. This may be within a business, a school, or a
non-profit organization. Creativity is not found within the known. Creativity means to bring the new into being. All “thinking about” is simply juggling with
the old. You might come up with an answer but this is not developing creativity. Creatively needs the silence of “non-thinking.” It requires that you quiet the
chattering mind. Silence and creativity are one.
2. Silence builds trust
Silence allows you to trust yourself. You give yourself time to listen to your inner voice. You learn to discover your unique ways of knowing. You
discover that you do know the answers. You simply think others know better than you do. You have been taught this for most of your life. Listening
silently to the promptings of your heart you begin got know your own voice. You become your own master.
3. Silence gives rest
Entering your inner silence gives you deep rest. The rhythm of the body slows. The rate of breathing slows. Your heart rate drops. You enter the present
moment. You enter your essential self. There is no need to go anywhere. There is no place to go. This is your time for relaxation. This is your time for simply
letting go and letting be. Learn to rest regularly in the silence of your body.
4. Silence brings balance
Silence allows for balance. It balances your natural rhythms. You “do” and then you stop “doing.” You “do” and then you “be.” This is easy to remember.
It is the rhythm “Do be do be do.” All of nature follows this rhythm. We are human beings who have somehow transmogrified into human doings. We have forgotten the joy of silently being in the present.
5. Silence promotes the inner
Silence is not just something we experience on the outside. It is equally, if not more important, to learn art of silence that is internal. Given times of stress and upheaval we can then retreat to our silent place of safety. The world may be crashing around our ears but we are anchored in our inward place of security.
This is a place of real sanctuary from the noise and haste of this 21st Century. We become a disciple of silence. This then becomes our favoured practice.
6. Silence promote the real
Many of us are afraid of silence. We will do almost anything to avoid silence. When I am silent people often ask me, "Hi is there anything wrong?” For some people silence has become wrong. It is a form of communication many avoid. Living your life without periods of silence is akin to playing music without silence between the notes. For many practicing moments of silence allows all hell to break loose. Thus the peace of inner silence never becomes an experience
7. Silence allows listening
Most people in our world long to be truly heard. Those who enter a period of silence each day learn to hear the song of their heart. They learn to listen to the song that only they have come to sing. When they listen to the song of their heart they find more love and compassion enter their dealings with others. This allows listening and real communication. Silence moves us toward real communion.
Tips and warning
You may choose to repeat a mantra in your head or aloud as you focus on breathing and the quiet around you.
Also consider practicing silence during a specific time each day, such as during meal time or until breakfast each morning. Concentrate on one task and all of the components of it as you remain silent in a quiet atmosphere.
With regular practice, you will improve at using silence and meditation to stay centered. The first few times, you may find that you can only meditate for a few minutes. As you incorporate it into your daily routine, longer sessions will become easier.
If nagging thoughts enter your mind, don’t dwell on them. Simply move them out of your mind once again and refocus on your br
Gift yourself a rest of silence each day. This will develop a greater sense of well being in all aspects of your busy life.
13th Aug 2011, 05:25 AM #2
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Re: Silence , Elixier to our Soul
yes i think silence speaks more than words!
a person's silence describes his thoughts.....silence doesn't only mean to keep quite...but it also have different kinds!
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28th May 2015, 07:32 AM #3
Re: Silence , Elixier to our Soul
Thanks for the share...........