The healing power of silence is well known in ancient traditions but it appears we might have to re-learn it.
When was the last time you listened to the sounds and silence around you and said nothing?
I love silence, but it is a challenge to find places that are truly silent. Mobile phones with their rings, beeps and whistles, the televisions and radios filling the void, makes true silence a rarity.
I enjoy going to the silent Scandinave Spa, my excuse for this indulgence is that a baths’ pass is vastly cheaper than downhill mountain biking!
Clarity emerges through silence.
Written on the wall of the solarium are Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.”
One can find peace despite the inevitable stress of modern life through sustained and conscious silence. I have intentionally worked silence into my day; I have a quiet time with a glass of water, on waking, before doing anything else. During this time I listen, pray and set an intention for the day.
Getting silence in a busy household can be a challenge and so going to the Scandinave Spa gives the much-needed space to indulge in silence.
Two silent hours to rest and come away feeling like I have had two weeks tropical holiday — which I can only imagine as I have never been on a tropical holiday!
The healing power of silence
It is surprising that despite numerous signs at the Scandinave Spa saying “Silence” men and women still chat, often quite loudly. Is it so tough to survive two hours without talking? What are we afraid of in the silence?
I know I used to loathe silence. Looking back, I used words just to cover up my own insecurities. My inane chatter was preferable to a daunting silence.
The power of our words
Words are very powerful and by spending time in silence it highlights the benefit of using words more consciously. Imagine a world where we used words solely to build up and encourage? After all “A word spoken at the right moment — how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23 AMP)
The magic of silence
An amazing silent moment for me was, curiously, when my grandmother was dying. I would visit but she rarely spoke. It felt like she didn’t need to tarnish the moment with chatter, knowing that our presence together and holding hands was enough. It was, and I realized silence is precious.
I wonder if sometimes our speaking drowns the magic of silence?
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Do you enjoy silence? What do you do to get silence in your life?
Photo credits: Scandinave Spa: Greg Eymundson / insight-photography.com and ONeill
This article first appeared in The Question newspaper, British Columbia.