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The Importance of Silence

Updated on March 5, 2013

The Importance of Silence - Helping you to live a better life

One cannot underestimate the importance of silence in daily lives. Silence can have a profound impact in the way we think, our daily actions, our relationships. Very often, we are surrounded with noise all day long and we keep moving from one task to the other without taking a break to think, to reflect, to introspect. But for all these things, you require silence.

Through this lens I have just tried to give you a glimpse of what Silence can do to help you understand yourself and lead to ultimately better choices for a better life. I want to give you the message through the images below.

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Silence gives your mind a Room for Introspection - The Importance of Silence

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Silence helps you to build Awareness about your Innermost Thoughts - The Importance of Silence

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Silence brings Clarity to thought - The Importance of Silence

The Clarity of Silence gives you the pristine gift of Wise Choice - The Importance of Silence

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Wise Choices will ultimately lead to a Beautiful Life - The Importance of Silence

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Listening below the noise

Editorial Review

From Publishers Weekly

Against the cacophony that pervades our lives, novelist LeClaire (The Lavender Hour) offers a persuasive antidote: silence. Sixteen years ago, LeClaire decided to devote a 24-hour period to not speaking, and it became a twice-a-month practice. LeClaire draws deeply on this experience in calling for a wholesale rethinking of noise and a greater appreciation for quietude and nature. Especially revealing are scenes in which the author or her friends, husband and other family struggle with her practice. It is within this conflict that LeClaire finds the lessons that she wishes to pass on to her readers. With Ann Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea as a model, LeClaire, too, focuses especially on women, encouraging them to carve out a silent space in a demanding world. Both book and the practice seem at once self-indulgent and eminently sensible. LeClaire's prose is colloquial, friendly and familiar, and the book is as much memoir as it is inspiration. Nineteen photos by LeClaire's son illustrate each chapter opening. (Mar.)

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The Spirit of Silence

Product Description

The importance of emptying the mind has been recognized for millennia across a variety of cultures. Meditation is a way of life for millions; at the end of a Hindu's life, he renounces all and becomes a wandering ascetic, seeking union with God; and the Japanese tea ceremony provides an interlude of spiritual relaxation within lives rooted in activity. Others find their creative inspiration in everyday activities such as gardening, walking, watching the sea, or listening to music.

The Spirit of Silence is for those who wish to look beyond the speed and superficiality of our modern lifestyle to find depth and spiritual space. It is devoted to clearing the clutter from our minds, and to feeding the creative heart and soul.

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      sarthak gupta 2 years ago

      nice but can do better

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      shish haile Germany 5.5 .2015 2 years ago

      silence is the point which meet our soul & God together!!**

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      "Silence is a source of great strength." - Lao Tzu Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      mdmohsan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the way you wrote the lens. Silence gives me the peace of mind!

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Sometimes the best thing to do is to be silent and listen.

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      i find it to be the best way to just settle down regularly.

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      dilipsvarma 6 years ago

      Silence allows me one to spend some quality "me" time

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      Silence makes you more relax.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I learn about the importance of silence from my mom. My mom prays daily to God and is a cancer fighter.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      If you listen, during the moments of silence, it's amazing what you can really hear.

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      SelfAndSource 6 years ago

      If one is silent long enough one can realize ones own divinity.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I feel like I need to whisper here, thank you for the reminder, I do need to return to silence. Nicely done...

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      mazbond 6 years ago

      Lovely lens. I love silence and think it is very important to have some silent time. The world can be such a noisy place with sounds hitting you from all directions. I get the best ideas and inspiration from being silent.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great feature. Reminds us of an important facet of life.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

      I suppose silence and cacophony represent the world within and without. Great topic. Even though a short lens, it has volumes to articulate - silently.

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      strayspay 8 years ago

      Very Nice Lens! Great pictures and glad you chose subtle color or black & white.

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      Macs LM 8 years ago

      Great idea, and loved your choice of images.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Loved it! I required lots of silence when I am working. I am easily distracted by most anything. Sometimes there is too much info coming at you from all directions to form a proper thought. Great job and thanks for the silence :)

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      I need more of silence in my life... Great choice of pictures!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      This speaks straight to my heart. Your images (and the words accompanying them) are brilliant, in my opinion. I also believe that we can often get the silence we desperately need through nature.

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      I found this intriguing and believe your message came through quite well. There is so much "noise" in the world it's hard to hear ourselves sometimes.

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great idea of using images to convey your message! I think taking the time to meditate and reflect is very important and healthy part of life. I use it a fair bit in my life, but can do better!