The Wisdom Of Silent Introspection In A World Full Of Opinion

Why is silence so frowned upon, either at work or at home? “What could be the matter?” they all ask, whereas all I wish is to be left alone to my own peaceful thoughts.

My mind when disturbed responds by saying, “There is nothing wrong.”

“All we want is not to participate in idle gossip or mindless chatter.”

“Space and silence is all we need at this particular time.”

Strangely, people are quite happy spreading mischievous rumours about an innocent soul, but they seem rather perturbed by one being silent in their presence.

Why do people suffer from “uncomfortable silences”?

Why should silences be uncomfortable?

Silence is blissful to me, and most comfortable.

Don’t they realise by me entering their world of superfluous communication I am neglecting what is most important to me – and that is self-introspection.

Self-introspection is what makes me feel at ease with being in my own company.  I neither feel alone nor have an empty void to fill by talking.

In fact, Self-introspection is both the best teacher and best friend I can ever have in life, and who will never abandon me in my moment of need.

Self-introspection will accompany me for my entire lifetime and will help guide me throughout my journey towards self-learning, tranquility, self-knowledge and, ultimately, truth.

Yes, there are the many distractions in life, and the fact that every human beings has an opinion makes it ever more difficult avoiding meaningless conversations on what they think they know or who they think is right.

Little do they know that mere opinion does not mean a thing – just their own subjective perspective and judgments, which are prone to error.

But you are Emperor of your kingdom, and as such, have the power to discard these petty affairs to take on the magnificent but difficult task at hand – and that is to know yourself.

So I urge you to find the time to withdraw into your heavenly paradise to find the truth about who you are, what your purpose is, and how to live righteously.

The joy of much learning through silence awaits.

I do not think there is anything in the world more powerful or virtuous than the wisdom of silence.

My thoughts on silence was inspired by the following passage from the book ‘The Prophet’ by Kahil Gibran:

TALKING

And then a scholar said, “Speak of Talking.”

And he answered, saying:

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;

And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.

And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.

For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words many indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.

The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.

And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.

And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.

In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.

Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;

For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered

When the color is forgotten and the vessel is no more.

More to come from ‘The Prophet’ in my next post.

3 Comments

  1. Great post, Jason, and I feel the same way. Silence is very important to me, and I spend a lot of time alone. Your wonderful words here inspired this new aphorism:

    “In silence we see the world as it is, hear it clearly. We are truly at home in silence.”-Marty Rubin

  2. buddha's remedy says:

    this was very beautiful…another addition to the book of virtues.

  3. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi NP & Buddha, all I want to say is…….. 🙂