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Power of silence

Updated on June 13, 2011

My personal activities kept me busy for a while and when I came back to hubpages I realized that it has been 2 weeks since I had published a hub. Didn’t want to remain silent anymore. So, thought to break this silence by revealing you the power of silence.

When a saint was asked after his lecture on the power of the word, "Which is the best word?", he replied: "Silence". Silence is Golden; it has divine power and immense energy. I used to think that being silent was a sign of weakness. But finally I realized that silence has an energy to it like no other source. It has the power to get people to think and to act. Silence gives many messages. Silence is a powerful sword. We can use silence to increase our understanding and learn more about the people around us. One gaze into the eyes of someone we love can speak more deeply to the heart than all the poetic words in the world. Silence creates a bond and touches a person more intensely than the words we speak.A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.

Silence and stillness are really necessary for recovering happiness and contentment.In the modern world silence has practically ceased to exist. Noise pollution inside our houses has increased manifold. It's hard to find a television set which is turned off even during the dinner time. In fact the only sound that is largely absent from people’s houses nowadays is the conversation among people inside a house. Living in the midst of all this noise is bound to have a bad effect on us. This noise is certainly one of the reasons why modern life has become so stressful. Noise pollution has made people to forget silence and in fact people have become afraid of it. Silence has become something which most people are determined to avoid at all costs.

We need silence and stillness to become our true selves and to be truly happy. Our today's job may demand us to live in cities, but we're still free to remove ourselves from these jobs for a little while, take a vacation and can try to quiet our minds by meditating, going out into the countryside, or just by sitting quietly in our rooms. Don't allow TV and computer games always to take away your free time. TV and computers will take us even further away from ourselves.

Silence as a mode of communication is very difficult to practice and to comprehend. Being silent can be very tough. Long periods of silence gives you a certain energy which is lost if you talk uselessly. Certain situations can be won by silence. Staying still, calm and silent when there is storm around you gives you inner strength. Silence can be considered as a device that allows you to digest emotions. When used correctly silence communicates trust. When used in love it shows we care. When there is silence, we turn our thoughts and focus inwards and gain the power we need to refresh our minds. When there is silence there is time for introspection and to allow our true self to speak.

There are times when silence has the loudest voice. So it is essential that we understand how and when to use silence. Dead silence can cause a conversation to feel heavy. Words can have the opposite effect if left unsaid, almost as if they were spoken as opposites. Silence can equal the opposite. “I love you” unsaid can become “I don’t love you”. The power of the spoken word is mighty. The power of silence can be mightier still. Release the words while they still hold their meaning. The art of silence is learned. Only after one has learned to use words and has experienced the limited power of words is one truly ready to experience and appreciate the unlimited power of silence. Use your words for good. Life is a fine balance of releasing the right words in the right order at the right time, and deciding which words are truly better left unsaid. Hope after reading this you will release your words as comments before they change in silence. Practice silence but in an effective way!


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      Harish Mamgain 4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      What is peace if not silence and what is calmness or tranquility if not silence. In silence, we usher in peace and bliss. Silence is the real stress buster. When our mind is still and devoid of all noise, we appreciate things and persons in a better way. You are right that silence gives power and energy to deal with difficult turns of our life. Perhaps you might have written this beautiful hub on silence in silence. Loved reading it and voted :-)

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      nina64 5 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      As I get older, I'm learning to appreciate the beauty that comes from being silent. Our world today is filled with so many noisy distractions. In a lot of ways, being silent is good for us. I know that it is for me. It helps me to concentrate better. When I'm in a conversation with someone, letting the other person speak helps me to better understand their feelings because of my silence. It's like I can hear God talking to me through my conscience. I know that statement sounds kind of weird but that's how I see it. It pays to stop and pay attention to listen to the silence all around you. While you may not hear anything, there is something being said. Embrace and enjoy the silence!!!!

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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Great topic, wise words, well done!

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      n.curie 5 years ago

      can make you release negative energy

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      sankari.nayagam 6 years ago

      Thanks somethgblue and MSantana for sharing your words on my silence!

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      MSantana 6 years ago from Madison Wisconsin

      Thank you for your words. Lets enjoy the silence.

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      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Many Native Americans societies allow many seconds to pass between speakers so that in the silence the words can be felt, measured and weighed.

      As a professional Umpire I have found that calm words and even silence in a heated moment often creates the opportunity for the participants the time to reflect on their words and actions.

      I can go days without speaking and often wonder if perhaps language written or verbal was created for the purpose of control. Perhaps the last 10,000 years of our existence was necessary for the next step in our evolution, which I believe will involve the way we communicate with each other.

      Perhaps in the future of mankind words will become a things of the past, after all evolution is in the way we think and communicate.

      Consider the word evolution itself . . . the first four letters being LOVE spelled backwards and if one was paying attention in Latin class tion is the 'state of' . . .

      . . . so in essence we have the State of Love, aren't words interesting?

      Something Old, Something New,

      Something Borrowed, . . .

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      howtomodify 6 years ago from usa

      Very nice i like your thoughts

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      Silence is a source of great strength. Lao Tzu, the great philosopher said somewhere. Certainly we need few moments of silence to gather more life energy. It has spiritual power. You have written a wonderful topic with a lot of insight.

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      sankari.nayagam 6 years ago

      Thank you Fucsia for a wonderful comment! Let our silence speak aloud whenever necessary!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Thank you for this tribute to the silence. This is an important argument to me. I think that silence is necessary not only like a moment to look within us ( and what sense can have our relationships, our life, if we don not know ourselves? ) but also for being able to speak with significant words, that born in silence and in this way become loudest.

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      sankari.nayagam 6 years ago

      Thanks for reading my hub Justsilvie!

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      Justsilvie 6 years ago

      Excellent Hub and subject! We live in such a noisy world that real stillness and silence is almost shocking to the system when we experience it. But after the shock a wonderful treat.