Shhh, Silence!

Posted by Patrice Smith


"Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about." ~ Saskya Pandita

Sometimes we talk so much, too much!
It's not always a good thing. U know, sometimes we can say much more just by saying nothing. It is important to have control, control over our tongues and our minds. How helpful is the whispering, gossiping, lying, backbiting, slander?? someone winds up hurt, disgraced and too often DEAD. Solomon once said, "The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin". (Pro. 13:3). It's important to beware and stay clear of such things for the said reasons Solomon gave.
Silence is also important as it is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. What do I mean by this? We sometimes fail to recognize just how important and advantageous silence is. Silence is Powerful! It's only when there is silence that you can listen to your heart and make good decisions. You get to think clearly about your thoughts. There are no distractions. Through this we can reflect and enjoy the things around us, nature...We will then appreciate things more, appreciate ourselves, appreciate others and appreciate this thing called Life. Sshhhh....

Be Silent yourself, that will induce Silence in others. Do not fall into the habit of shouting, talking long and loud. Carry with you an atmosphere of quiet contemplation, wherever you happen to be. The less you talk, the more will become your mental power. With the increase in your mental capacity, there will be increase in your power of discrimination too. Consequently, you will give up individual discrimination . Because of this, you will begin to consider the good of the world at large rather than your own individual welfare. You must cultivate such broad feelings from this young age itself. ~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

17 comments:

  1. Phoenixism said...

    Great message, Patrice.

    This is the blogosphere, though. What is silence?

  2. Patrice S. said...

    :) I see what you're saying. However, don't get my message confused or take it out of context.

    This post is simply a reminder that it is important to sometimes take time out to sit in the confinement of our own spaces and reflect...
    If we keep babbling all the time we'll never get to spend time with ourselves, which is often times when we get to understand ourselves, our motives, thoughts, etc.
    It is also a reminder that sometimes it's best to say just enough or nothing at all. Sometimes talking gets you nowhere but in trouble.

  3. Phoenixism said...

    Ah you understand.
    But you used the word "confinement."

    Confinement in and of itself is not bad (or good).

    But confinement is a description which denotes some value depending on the context.

    Confinement can be a necessary requirement if the option is "unleashed"...and we know where that can take some of us.

  4. Patrice S. said...

    Yes, I did use the word. Confinement in this case/context means being by and with oneself. This way there's no distraction from say, another person.

    We should chat more Phoenixism :)

  5. protowork annie said...

    What a coincidence, I discussed this topic with my colleague this afternoon while having lunch , because there is a woman who keep on talking and there is not a second of silence, that I would like to enjoy during lunch while escape from my work. Anyway, I can have it from this post, thanks.

  6. Patrice S. said...

    A coincidence indeed Annie! I don't get why people have to keep going on and on and on.... (sigh)

  7. HalfCrazy said...

    I recently wrote a blog post about silence....I got the idea from the immense calm I felt when I was left alone in my apartment since the end of the semester. Everyone had gone home to their families and i was stuck there, with no family to go home to. But the quiet was so relaxing, so fresh, so different than the chaos that usually abounded. It's changed my perspective and I guess you're right, sometimes we do need to shut up and listen to the nothingness!!!

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  9. Patrice S. said...

    Yess and that was the point of this post. It is when there is silence that we see, learn and appreciate lifels purpose.

    welcome bk Crazy.

  10. Phoenixism said...

    Hi Patrice, I'm back! I hope you have a Happy New Year.

    I was thinking about introversion; I'm working on a future post about this. Do you think it's fair to say introversion and silence go hand in hand?

    In other words, many extroverted people I have known seem to be uncomfortable with silence. And if no one else fills the silence then they will do it themselves with chatter. That is the most annoying type of talking...the kind that is used to deal with silence. Talking for the sake of talking.

  11. Patrice S. said...

    Happy New year to you too Phoenixism. I do agree that introversion and silence go hand in hand. As you sit within the confines of yourself in your space, you're essentially embracing your own silence. At this time you can reflect on what's past, what is, and allow your thoughts to transcend on some future endeavor.
    Unfortunately for some people, spending time with themselves in their own thoughts is a scary adventure; hence, they choose to talk incessantly, to the chagrin of others around them.

  12. Phoenixism said...

    I can't imagine being afraid of myself.

    Write me Patrice.

  13. Patrice S. said...

    :) I sure will.

  14. Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

    I needed that. Glad I found your blog on the blog chain!

  15. Patrice S. said...

    :) I'm happy you did Melissa! Please follow

  16. Robin said...

    Great Space here..I love silence..the Power of Now is like my mantra...sometimes i forget and then go back to it..like around the holidays...Glad Ive found you through Batcrap Crazy Blog..Im a new follower..!

  17. Patrice said...

    Great! and I am glad to know someone else "loves silence." Welcome :)

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