Monday, December 3, 2007

Silence is Golden

A while back, Om Bites posted something about daily rituals. The post was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, who by the way will be on Oprah for her second time tomorrow (Dec 4, 2007).

Elizabeth talks about the importance of silence. At one point she's in an elevator with a television in it! How far do we have to go? For a while, grocery stores had TV's, restaurants have them, cars have them, and now even elevators! Are we afraid of what we might find in the silence?

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.” - Mother Teresa

“Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.” - Margaret Lee Runbeck

“There are times when silence has the loudest voice” - Leroy Brownlow

“Silence is a source of great strength.” - Lao Tzu

"Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most." - Bob Dylan

"This silence, this moment, every moment, if it's genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There's nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, 'Be more silent.' Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you've died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence." - Rumi

Love Much,

Kris
http://www.totalhealthyoga.com/
http://www.totalhealthyogaclasses.blogspot.com/

Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

7 comments:

Yogamum said...

Just what I needed to hear today, thanks.

Everyday Yogini said...

It is crazy how much ambient noise is present in our lives, isn't it? I couldn't agree more and this time of year, it's a great reminder... thanks!

Dufbil said...

I believe there's beauty to be found in silence as well as noise. But it's nice to have a choice. ;-)

Dufbil said...

Hey, that rhymes! =)

Total Health Yoga - Kris said...

Thanks for the comments. I agree, Dufbil, noise can be nice too :-) What is music other than the harmony and balance of silence and noise?

Laura said...

Have you read and listened to Wayne Dyer's book/CD/Meditation Getting into the Gap? It is so powerful! In it he encourages you to experience the gap between your thoughts -- because that is where you can hear God. The book comes with a CD in which he talks you through the meditation he describes in the book.

Total Health Yoga - Kris said...

Yes, I'm a huge Wayne Dyer fan :-))