The gift of silence
In these past weeks there have been many comments on the reduction in noise. Whether that be from airplanes, cars, people or industry to name but a few. Some may also notice that the reduction in physical socialising is also creating space for more ‘quiet time’ as parents sometimes call it.
That quiet time, or silence is such a gift if we can overcome any personality wobbles that may emerge where we feel compelled to fill the space with noise or activity. If we can really lean into the silence and give it houseroom within us it has the power to be very revealing.
It can open us to our own presence. Our own inner wisdom and voice that often accompanies us more as a whisper than a shout. Now it can be heard because there’s nothing else drowning it out. And in that space of our own presence we can also find a deep sense of love. Love that is beyond the personal and the romantic. Love that reveals a much more profound sense of connection. A connection with all life. It’s rarely a love that is just ‘easy’ or joyful though it is both of those things. It can also be testing and painful as we connect more fully with the suffering and pain that surrounds us in our world.
Learning to be fully present to ourselves and to the wisdom and love that resides within us takes practise. It is however a practice that expands us and holds us in a field of openness and receptivity to new impulses and ultimately new choices. So let us celebrate the silence – outer and inner – as we take the steps toward our true presence.