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  1. Lydia

    Silence – usually early morning or resting after lunch; silence has a sound, a harmonious hum, it’s the momentary absence of noise both in my head and outside it, and it is profoundly precious. I like this idea below: “I just like to sit and reflect on all that God has provided for me.”

    4 months ago
  2. A

    Silence to me brings me peace. I just like to sit and reflect on all that God has provided for me.

    4 months ago
  3. Robin Ann

    Today I took time for silence (sitting on a bench) near the water on warm and sunny day. I close my eyes for a bit and think about nothing but the warmth of the sun. Such Peace I feel. I open my eyes and see the beautiful nature in front of me. Today there were 2 swans swimming right in front of me. Taking time for silence though is a challenge at times but I try to in prayer and walks.

    4 months ago
  4. Cathie

    It is more noticeable to me what occurs when I don’t make room for silence in my life: an “itchiness” about life, disharmony, short-temperedness, a quickness to respond vs. listen, a blockage of that inner voice-of that inner peace.
    The fruit of abiding silence in my life, is the way I respond to That Which Is, and to the journey which is my life.

    4 months ago
    1. Joseph McCann

      “That Which Is” I like that thought, Cathie.

      4 months ago
  5. D

    Having reviewed this question earlier today my thought was: so many things, we haven’t enough time. Later in the day I stumble across Nepo’s response to being spiritual. The way Nepo finished his response brought me back to this question:

    Center yourself, and as you breathe, realize that your spirit fills your life the way your bones and blood fill your hand.
    As you breathe, realize that your life fits the world the way your warm and living hand fits a glove.
    As you breathe, feel your spirit fill your skin and feel your skin fit the world.

    4 months ago
    1. Yram

      What a lovely image.

      4 months ago
  6. L
    Lovely Poppy

    I ride the train to work every morning. It’s a 40 minute journey and I always pack a book, my headphones, and sometimes even my laptop. Even so, most of the time I just get lost in my own thoughts and stare out the window. Maybe we don’t always need to be productive. Our lives are so noisy, especially with technology, we never really get moments to ourselves anymore. If I’m honest, it’s scary being alone with my thoughts during times of silence, but I’m trying to love myself more and be okay with my own company.

    4 months ago
  7. Antoinette

    The universe arises.

    4 months ago
  8. Nannette

    I have to focus on silence…and silence of my thoughts….and then gratefulness follows.

    4 months ago
  9. Pilgrim

    Deep breathing. Silence. Peace.

    4 months ago
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    4 months ago
  11. Barb C

    Deep, deep calm, and a full inhale and exhale.
    Peace and relaxation.
    The usual thoughts, which I can notice and label or can follow to see where they take me, whichever I choose in the moment.

    Living in a very quiet neighborhood is important to me. We lived for several months in the heart of downtown Seattle and that isn’t my jam. I want to be close to necessary services but not live with the constant hum of traffic. We found a perfect neighborhood bordered on one side by a big forested park that buffers us, in a part of town that isn’t on the way to anywhere that creates traffic volume. I lie in my bed at night listening to the silence, broken only by an occasional owl (or an amorous neighbor cat…). Deep peace.

    4 months ago
    1. Joseph McCann

      Those amorous cats can be quite vocal…….especially in the stillness of night!

      4 months ago
    2. Avril

      It sounds like every evening is a retreat.

      4 months ago
  12. Charlie T

    Among other benefits, I feel like having
    periods of silence, is a check-in with how
    I’m doing. Where my mind is at. Am I
    focused? Scattered? Distracted? Bothered
    by something? Pre occupied? If I am
    able to see these states without judgment,
    I can act accordingly to come back to a
    more centered perspective.

    4 months ago
  13. Avril

    In my tradition, Silence is another word for The Center of Consciousness, Atman, God—however; not anthropomorphized. In the Silence I remember who I am and detach from all of the temporary roles. Years ago my teacher said, “we can put [the roles] on a shelf and when we pick them back up they feel lighter.” Furthermore, we don’t need to pick up the identities that no longer serve us. This discrimination and peace exists in the Silence.

    4 months ago
    1. Robin Ann

      This sounds like taking a pause which is something I learned which works well for me. Thank you

      4 months ago
    2. Nannette

      Thank you, Avril…I love the picture in my mind of putting my roles on a shelf and then pick up only those that will serve me well…and all roles will feel better. Thank you!!

      4 months ago
      1. Avril

        You’re very welcome!

        4 months ago
    3. Barb C

      Avril, I like the idea of setting down parts of myself to observe and decide whether to pick them back up. If they no longer serve us we can leave them and move on.

      4 months ago
      1. Avril

        Thanks Barb

        4 months ago
  14. Laura

    When I make space for silence, calm arises.

    4 months ago
  15. Yram

    Magic 🎩

    4 months ago
    1. Avril

      Succinct and True

      4 months ago

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