True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
William Penn (1644 – 1718)
There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.
When I was a child, I was told many times that “silence is golden”. I thought the saying was a nice way of telling me to be quiet. I had no idea that the saying is thought to go back to Egyptian times. According to some websites on the internet, the saying came from a Swiss inscription which says, “Sprecfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden” (Speech is silver, Silence is golden).
Now that I am an adult, I have my own understanding and experiences with or without silence. I know the effects one or the other can have on my body, my mental state, my emotional well-being, my spiritual connection with God. It is hard for me to be in an environment filled with chaos and noise. I become distracted, irritated, annoyed easily. I need a certain amount of quiet time everyday. If I can’t get it inside, I go outside or the other way around. I gravitate to the garden to pull weeds or for a short walk out to the creek. I sit on my bed curled up on a pillow to write in my journal or read a book. Sometimes I just lock myself in the bathroom and take a really long soak or shower.
Some of us forget that silence is as important to our health as food and water. Take time today to find that deep place of silence. When your mind and body is rested and healthy, imagine all the creativity that will flow.
Lord, Great Creator of all,
Thank you for times of talking, learning, and activity. Thank you also for times of quiet, rest, peace and serenity. Help us to balance our lives with each so that we can be healthy. Give us the wisdom to know when to retreat to a haven of silence. Provide a place to go when we need quiet. Help others to realize how important our quiet time is to us. Let us also respect the needs of others in our lives. Rejuvenate our creativity as we commune with you and the Holy Spirit. Bless us today as we pray in Christ’s Holy Name. Amen.
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