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speaking about silence

Silence is powerful. Are you using it wisely?

I find silence tricky. But being a person full of words, someone who thinks best in the middle of writing or good conversation, I’m probably biased in my thinking that silence seems like an easily abused form of communication. I can see silence as a necessary means to create space, forcing oneself to look inward, take time with oneself, and evaluate. In this way, I see silence as being extremely beneficial. A bit like meditation, but in more free form. In that respect, silence is truly golden. Silence from the world can be necessary for contemplation. It can help us find our balance so that we may move forward in a non-silent world.

But silence also has another side. The silent path of avoidance. This is the drawn out silence of misunderstanding and hurt feelings and not knowing what to say. A silence that begs for forgiveness.

Are you sitting in silence and enjoying the time you spend there, relaxing into the moment? Or are you standing in silent defiance with your head held high and your mind focused on “being strong” and making sure that you “win” by not breaking it first?

Silence born out of resistance, will only create more resistance. Figure out what to say, forgive yourself, forgive the other person, and grow past it. The past is merely what got you to today, it doesn’t have to control your tomorrow.

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About mudly

Mud is main blog writer extraordinaire, picture guru, and the garden and adventure instigator. She loves to cook, but doesn’t much like following a recipe. She also loves typewriters, the color turquoise, and wearing tie dye with stripes. And she dorks out on permies.com while dreaming up and planning her next garden.

One comment on “speaking about silence

  1. ANG
    February 25, 2010

    Well said, Mudley!! 🙂

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