The magnificence of silence

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By Jamal Yousuf

Factually speaking, word silence comes from Latin word silens meaning to be still, quiet, or at rest. In English, it still maintains some of these meaning as most modern dictionaries define silence as condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent, absence of sounds, stillness or as a period of time without speech or noise. We all know that blooming flowers, twinkling stars and rising sun specify beauty, but have you noticed that this beauty also has a hidden trait? It’s beauty of silence.

Do you ever consider being in silence for a while, when you feel upset about your life? Sometimes I feel that way. You know even after everything goes well still there comes a moment when we look for peace in our life. We look for a quiet place where we can sit and think alone. Silence is eternal, peaceful and makes our life as well as lives of others beautiful. If used intelligently, it is a beautiful way to express emotions.

It is rightly said that speech is silver but silence is golden. When a person speaks, howsoever carefully, he is bound to make some slip of tongue. And even a talk arising out of heart with all good intentions in mind of speaker, is liable to be misunderstood by listeners. One of evils by which modern society is debased is constant prattle, which is misuse of power of speech.

Silence is something we don’t hear much about in today’s busy, energetic world.  We are surrounded by hurry, bustle, noise and activity in almost everything we do.  We have smart phones, tablets, computers, and a variety of other devices that invade and prevent silence from enveloping us. Silence allows us to notice things we overlook. Avoiding distractions allows us to focus more completely on important issues. Silence also allows us to hear things that are buried under normal buzz of daily life.

We often use music to fill silence, to replace words we don’t have. Thick beat releases your gravity-bound body, unfurling your soul from mortal skin. Music sets you free, imposing you to dance. But there has to be something, some force strong enough to hold you to this world, to bring you back from pull of seductive music. For that, we have silence. Unseen and unheard power that hushes raging winds of music and halts dance, returning you freely to yourself. I believe in importance of silence. I believe in soft stillness it brings and caress of its hand. I believe in breaking battle of words and let emotionlessness fill room. I believe in putting world on pause and let quiet stillness permeate your thoughts.

There are many benefits of silence, in this article I have discussed some of them. One of major reasons why silence has become an important part of everyday life is ability to focus as modern world and its various noises enter your brain all at once. Ability to focus on different tasks is often accompanied by a little background noise.

Without a doubt, creativity is an important part of life and silence is an important part of creative process. Some studies have shown how important silence is to success of individuals as they move through creative process. Many distractions and noises flood our world. You may never discover how you can improve your life when your attention is always being drawn away. However, you can improve your awareness by practicing silence. Taking time to self-reflect will help you figure out if your life is working way you’d like it to. Another benefit of silence is that when struggling with stresses and strains of life you may have difficulties with staying calm. Stress is one of most difficult aspects of modern life.  A period of silence each day allows chance to relax and reduce stress levels.

Constant noise from media and our day-to-day lives causes many of us to miss out on benefits of silence. In today’s fast-paced world, almost everyone has a short fuse for frustration. Learning to enjoy silence cultivates calmness and peacefulness. When you learn to savor silent moments, you’ll have more patience in daily hassles like traffic jams and long lines at store. Brain needs time to think, reflect and rest. It needs time to file away stuff it has already learned and make room for new information.

If you create quiet time during day, you’re giving your brain time to process any new information coming in. Silence gives us opportunity to listen to others and more importantly to ourselves. When others speak or during a conversation, silence could be used as sort of politeness and respect that would make communication successful (we will tackle this idea in depth in next chapter (Examples of When to Use Silence)).

Yet inner-silence also is very important. Since, it gives us a chance to listen to our inner voices. It helps us to turn our thoughts and focus inwards and live present moment now not past not future. Inner-silence enables us to save our minds from inane thoughts and eliminate all mental noises. Thus we make our minds calmer.

Finally, we could say that by listening to others we will gain respect and by listening to ourselves, we will not be afraid of battles of life, because internally we will be very strong.

As a technique of communication silence could be used in daily conversation, during arguments and job interviews. To get a better conversation, one must use brief pauses to give other person a chance to think, get better understanding of topic and then react effectively. Just as he needs in return a chance to absorb and process all that information other person has just said. Another best time to use power of silence is during an argument. For instance, when someone is shouting at you, looking for an argument you can literally take all power away from him and save all your energy by simply looking back at them saying absolutely nothing. Yet it is extremely difficult to do but very powerful.

Silence could also be used to show respect in many occasions. It has long been recognised by many religious groups as a key component of an ascetic path to spirituality. For example, we as Muslims we silence when we hear someone reading Qur’an. We also recommend silence in funerals. Moreover, silence has become a universal practice used in all over world. As we used to held one minute of silence as a remembrance of people died in a natural disaster or an important person died recently.

To sum up we can say that importance of silence cannot be denied. Be still and know healing power of silence. (Ideas we should keep in mind) Besides, isn’t it nice to say nothing when you have nothing to say?

“We need to rediscover power of attention and we do that through silence concentration that we use in prayer can be used in everyday life.”

Do you ever consider being in silence for a while, when you feel upset about your life? Sometimes I feel that way. You know even after everything goes well still there comes a moment when we look for peace in our life. We look for a quiet place where we can sit and think alone. Silence is eternal, peaceful and makes our life as well as lives of others beautiful. If used intelligently, it is a beautiful way to express emotions.