The magic of silence does wonders



There is too much noise outside, and there is too much noise inside (you). Just as the latter is a reflection of the first, the reverse too can be true. Any outside disturbance creates a wave of turmoil in you, particularly if it is related to you or your relatives or someone known to you. And when there is “turmoil” inside, you will fail to appreciate the reality of the situation and will have to face the consequences.

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle says external noise can be neutralised only with your inner silence. What does it mean? Simple: That you have to realise the importance of being quiet and composed; only then you can think of taking a just and correct stand on any issue raised because of an external happening that threatens your peace of mind.

In his book, Stillness Speaks, Tolle says whenever there is some silence around you, listen to it. “Listening to silence awakens the dimensions of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of the silence.”

Silence is a tool of power and not ignorance. It is the speech of love, understanding, maturity and kindness. As Leonardo da Vinci said, nothing strengthens authority as much as silence.

When you are worried, confused, angry or a victim of any other negative feeling, try to look within and go out and be in the company of nature. Look at the beauty of all that exist so gracefully around you —the stillness of the elegant trees, the buzzing bees, the chirping birds, and a myriad of other wonders of nature. Not only you will learn to be in “stillness”, you will also learn a lot in terms of mutual coexistence, growth and harmony.

Nature can give one a great healing touch if one can be in a position to love it and live with it harmoniously.

And let us take this pledge in Rumi’s words, “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” And, in the words of Woody Allen, we should “never miss a good chance to shut up.”

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