The skill of silence is beneficial to anyone who is seeking to become better attuned to the natural world. There are many benefits to be gained by developing the skill of silence. To develop silence, one must develop a tranquil environment and a serene mind. This preliminary training will help to increase the capacity that one has to remain calm and collected in all situations. Developing this skill will also increase your capacity to feel empathy, your ability to seek peace, and your desire to create a kind and compassionate society.
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Developing the Skill of Silence
The best way to develop this practice to gather the tools that you need. Luckily, all that is needed is a concentrated mind and a comfortable area to walk, stand, sit, or lay. This can be done in a quiet room or a natural setting. The skill of silence is similar to meditation, so practitioners of meditation may find many similarities between the skill of silence and certain meditation techniques. Before sitting, be certain that there are no distractions or immediate concerns that need to be taken care of. For those with children, you may be able to get them to develop this skill as well.
After ensuring that that everything is secure, you are hydrated, and you are willing to sit for at least half an hour, make a strong determination not to speak, gesture, write notes, or use any other form of communication. This will help reduce the verbal dialog that is active in your mind. You can do this by secluding yourself from any distractions.
This seclusion will help to create a tranquil environment that is supportive for those who want to focus on the silence around them. Additionally, the lack of communication and interaction with others will help to cause the mind to become serene. This pairing of seclusion and silence will help those who are willing to concentrate on developing the skill of silence.
Understanding the Purpose
It is beneficial to understand the purpose of this particular skill. This skill will help to reduce negative influences and interactions in your life. This will also help to reduce any negative inputs that you share with the world as well. For the first few minutes of this sitting, reflect on any negative communications that you have shared in the past day. Lies, gossip, slander, harsh words, and nonsensical communication all may have a negative impact on the lives of those around you and your own personal life.
Allow these communications to fade from your mind. If you have any regrets, then simply take note of the regrets and let them disappear as well. When the mind is purified from these negative thoughts, then focus on the positive communications that you have had. Anything kind, compassionate, loving, positive, joyful, supportive, or gentle should be remembered. Allow the positive energy from these experiences fill your mind and body, and then allow the memories to fade into the past.
At this point, there should be nothing remaining but positive energy and a serene mind. Without thought, allow your senses to pick up the world around you. If a bird chirps, rain drops, a child laughs, or anything else happens, then enjoy these sounds. As each moment passes, attempt to focus on the sounds between the sounds. By focusing on the more quiet and subtle sounds, you will find that your mind becomes more focused.
Focusing on Silence
The next step is to allow the mind to move toward the silence. This can be done by focusing on the spots in between noise, and it can also be achieved by moving your mind away from loud noises. Continual noises, like a babbling brook or a fan, will eventually be naturally muted by your mind. Attempt to listen under the sounds that you hear. If possible, reduce the sounds around you by using earmuffs or headphones. The first time that one uses this technique, they may find that this will be beneficial.
Eventually, perhaps in fifteen minutes for the average practitioners, one may find that they hear nothing at all. This sound of nothing may be so quiet that one is not certain that they heard anything at all. However, it would be beneficial for the mind if the persons chooses to continue to listen for this sound. In time, you will find that the sound of silence truly exists.
At some point, you will hear something that you have never heard before. This sound will be unique to you, and it will be unable to be described to anyone else. The only people who have heard this sound are those who have put in the effort to hear the sound of silence. Once this is heard, then you have completed the first step of developing the skill of silence.
The Attainment of Silence
From here, the goal is to move this silence into the mind and body. A tranquil environment and serene mind will produce a peaceful body. When the mind and body at at rest, silence will move flow into it like water into a sponge. This movement of silence inward will expel the noises, stresses, anxieties, and worries that currently occupy space in the mind and body.
Keep the mind silent as this energy flows inward. It is most beneficial to put any thoughts out of the mind. You can do this by noticing the silence between the voice that the mind uses to communicate with itself. This internal communication, also called the internal dialog, has the power to do great things. An untrained mind will be abused, bullied, and negatively influenced by harmful internal communication. A mind that is being trained will be filled with positive energy and supportive thoughts.
Finally, a trained mind will be silent and without any need to influence your actions. When the mind and body are truly silent, there will be no fears, anxieties, worries, or concerns. Your actions will be positive, uplifting, kind, and compassionate. These positive actions, much like the reverberations of an echo, will return positive events and influences toward your life. In effect, developing the skill of silence will increase the duration, intensity, and frequency of your positive actions. And as your positive actions increase, so will the positive effects that influence you and the world as a whole.