I’m what you might call an outgoing introvert. I love being around people, sharing stories, and asking lots of questions. Yet after certain gatherings, I enjoy a noiseless space to recharge.
This had me thinking lately about how, over the past few years, our lives went from hustle and bustle to pandemic lockdown… and now it seems we’re back on track toward restoring the crazy pace our culture knew before.
Whether introverted or not, we’d do well to calm the hype going on in our outer world by quieting our inner world. If we can deliberately embrace the value of silence, we may model its usefulness for others to consider. Our practice might include not filling a conversation gap with some kind of commentary or not urging someone to speak before they are ready. And if something doesn’t really need to be said, maybe try skipping it this time. After all, silence should have its say too.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” I’ve found the quiet holds an invitation to presence unlike any other sound. In fact, it defines all the rest.
How can you practice more silence in your life?
May you be inspired!