Do you use the power of silence?
Meg Beeler, Shamanic Guide, Mentor and Author told me in our conversation on the Plumed Serpent Podcast that she uses the power of silence in one of her group meetings on Zoom. Whenever they meet online, they open the space with 5 minutes of silence. Due to that simple practice they experienced a powerful grounding, alignment and clarity.
Silence has many benefits
Research has shown that too much noise is bad for us. And we know that from our own experience. But does that mean that silence is good for us? Research suggests that silence itself is beneficial both physically and psychologically.
Spending time in silence has been found to have positive effects on the body in terms of reducing blood pressure, reducing blood cortisol, prevention of arterial plaque formation, promoting hormone regulation and boosting the immune system. The psychological benefits of silence can include enhanced focus, self control, self awareness, perspective, creativity and spirituality.
Silence can also be used consciously in communication, and thus can influence our relationships. Most of us clearly recognise the difference between a disapproving silence and one which affirms that we are being truly listened to.
Silence is our natural state. It was evolutionarily necessary for our survival. And it’s also a choice. The choice is to tap into a sacred space, not bound by language, which allows our human constructs to dissolve giving access to our authentic self and communion between our inner and outer selves. Silence has the potential for the balance of dialectical conflicts and healing. When we listen to our heart, calming our busy mind and quieting our chaotic consciousness, we can achieve some inner stability. When we learn to cooperate, be with silence and integrate it into our lives the potential benefits to our health and wellbeing are huge.
Simple ways to practice the power of silence
Accessing the power of silence is not complicated and does not have to cost money. The most important point is to be open to it with curiosity and to have the willingness to encounter yourself in silence.
- Meditation is a great way to enter into silence. There are various forms of meditation training, retreats and possibilites.
- Spending time in nature is a wonderful doorway to enter into silence. This can be sitting in your garden, going for a walk or watching wildlife.
- Simply sitting in silence is another way of practicing. You can for example sit quietly in your local café during your lunch hour.
So give it a try, practice and integrate silence into your life. May the benefits of this practice radiate far into the world. To the greatest good of all.
Credit and source of information: The Power of Silence by Sarah Monk