Does Silence Speak???

May 11, 2017

We are going to discuss following points:
1. Does silence speak louder than words?
2. What is stillness?
3. Can you tell me something more about silence?
4. Do you know YOU?
5. Are YOU your thoughts and emotions?
6. Awareness is basis of change and growth.
7. The silent mind is the state of manifestation.
8. The egoistic mind
9. What to do about this ego?
10. Past, future and the NOW
11. What is living in the present moment?
12. How to be in the moment?
13. How to meditate for stillness and silence?

1. Does silence speak louder than words?
• The two ladies: Imagine two ladies sitting in a waiting room. One reading a book and the otherknitting a sweater. There is silence in the room. Are they still communicating? Yes; of course. They are speaking through their body language: their body postures, movement of the hands, facial expressions, breathing and emotional and mental thought patterns.
• The pressure of silence: Ask a question or propose a deal and keep quiet. You create pressure of silence. It is compelling silence.
• Silence speaks for itself; not through words but through experience. The experience of silence is an exhilarating experience worth repeating, again and again.
Imagine some of the following situations. What messages do you give by remaining silent or not responding?
• You are invited for dinner by your friends but you are silent.
• You delayed response to an important inquiry.
• You entered your home and did not welcome your child who was waiting for you.
• You did not talk with your wife throughout dinner time.
• You were silent about a wrong happening.
• You remained silent when someone accused you of something you were not guilty of.
Silence can often be misunderstood by yourself and others. It can be meaningful and build pressure.

2. What is stillness?
It is just being still; doing nothing because doing nothing is the most productive activity. How? Because; when your body is still, your mind is still; your thoughts are still, there is nothing, just empty space that is the most creative state. You allow yourself to receive information, and you can listen to your deeper inner wisdom.

3. Can you tell me something more about silence?
• Silence is not just absence of noise; it is inner peace and acceptance of ‘what is’. It is possible to have noise outside and silence inside or silence outside and noise inside. Silence and stillness refer to the inside states of mind and body.
• Gaps between thoughts expand as we allow ourselves to remain still and silent. Silence is absence of thought. A state of vacuum and nothingness. At this point silence and stillness become one.

4. How do you focus on silence?
Remain still and focus on the gaps between thoughts, words and breath. Your focus will keep expanding the gaps and the thoughts will slow down until there are no thoughts and silence prevails.

5. Do you know YOU?
The empty space then expands and surrounds you. In this expanded inner space is your higher intelligence, wisdom and acceptance of ‘what is’. You enter the state of knowing the real YOU. This is bliss and happiness.

6. Are YOU your thoughts and emotions?
The mental pictures, feelings and self-talk that are based on the past and future perceptions create triggers for a certain way of thinking. Thinking, emotions and feelings keep changing. Anything that keeps changing cannot be you. You are YOU.

7. Awareness is basis of change and growth:
It is consciousness. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Meer observation and awareness brings the change and change precedes growth.

8. The silent mind is the state of manifestation:
As you become still and expand the silent space, your thoughts disappear and you go into a state of nothingness. This formless state of nothingness is everything. It can take any form. Be comfortable with it. This is the state of manifestation.

9. The egoistic mind:
The ego is a person’s sense of self-importance. It is your conscious mind, the part of your identity that you consider your “self”. If you say someone has “a big ego” then what you are saying is that he is too full of himself.
The egoistic mind seeks self-importance at any cost. Wants more attention and compares with others for fame and material things.
People accumulate wealth to satisfy their ego; not their needs. They build palaces, own big cars, maintain big bank balances and wear most expensive clothes all to satisfy their ego. But alas! The ego is never satisfied.

10. What to do about this ego?
Become aware of your thought patterns and egoistic tendencies.
• Give preference to living simply.
• Live in the present moment and be more action oriented.
• Know your fears and work on them.
• Practice mindfulness: Be aware of whatever you do.
• Practice consciousness: Be aware of your core values and put them into practice.
• Meditate and go beyond yourself by listening to your inner self.

11. Past, future and the NOW:

Past is gone except what we learn or do not learn from it. Future is in the making by what we do in the present.

12. What is living in the present moment?
• Paying attention to what is happening in the NOW.
• To do things deliberately and mindfully.
• Living in this moment connects us with our deeper inner self. There is action, peace and alertness in this moment.
• The past and the future do not exist here. So; there is no depression or anxiety.
• It is total involvement in the moment.
• The present moment is the truth, reality and happiness.
Living in the present moment brings clarity, calmness, positivity and productivity.

13. How to be in the moment?
Cultivate awareness of the inner noises which are distractions from the present moment.
• Love what you do and do what you love.
• When distracted focus on breathing or on any body part.
• Be grounded at any time in a state of gratitude for what is happening.
• Be centered in the present.
• Keep the naughty part of the mind at bay and live in the present moment. Remember: your mind will try its best to take you away from The Moment; into past or future. Gently, tell the distracting mind to keep quiet and return to present moment.
• Practice mindfulness: Practice awareness in all spheres of life. Be aware of your thinking, your feelings, your breath and whatever you do at any time.
• Do things slowly and deliberately giving enough time for completion of tasks.
The Meditation: 15 to 20 minutes of meditation, daily, on silence can lead you to inner peace and wisdom.

14. How to meditate for stillness and silence?
Schedule a time, preferably in the morning.
• Sit comfortably at a quiet place.
• Start with awareness of your breath at your navel area. Observe the rise and fall of your stomach. Remain focused. If any thoughts distract you, let them flow and gently bring your focus back to breathing.
• The gap between your thoughts will keep expanding and your thoughts will become slower and slower. Drift into the empty space where there is stillness and silence.
• In this state your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and urges may arise. Let them pass and return to the state of empty apace.
• This stillness is an effortless state of acceptance of ‘what is’ in the present moment. As you allow yourself to be an observer you start looking at things objectively.
• Relaxing into stillness and silence creates the space for deep listening.

Good luck

Keep smiling in gratitude

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