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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Healing Power of Silence—3 Considerations

By Micky Wolf

Consideration #1—What is silence for you?

Absence of human clatter? Of mechanical or electronic sound? Of environmental commotion?

Most of us can find ways to minimize or eliminate the aforementioned if they become too disruptive or unhealthy.

However, here’s another perspective—or is it conundrum?

The clatter, sounds, and commotion that reside within each of us—the bits and pieces of thoughts that weave and wander in and out of heads. Or the feelings that wiggle, tickle, or stir about, giving rise to this or that emotion.

Try minimizing or eliminating those little prognosticators of perturbation.

Which. Is. Why. We. Resist. Silence.

Consideration #2—What is keeping you from entering the silence?

For example…resisting the silence because we may discover we are experiencing feelings of anger or resentment, or are being judgmental of others (or self) will only serve to give space to the kind of pain and hurt that, left untreated, becomes an ugly infection of the heart and spirit.

Given that reality, would you refuse treatment for a health issue that involved short-term discomfort for long-term improvement in the quality or years of your life? Would you stand by, silent and stoic, watching someone you love suffer needlessly?

Consideration #3—What value do you place on silence?

Probably not very much if you see it as opening the door to something unpleasant or unsettling.

And yet, as Jesus, and generations of sages and spiritual guides have exhorted and encouraged us, it is through our willingness to be with self in the silence—as best as we can allow ourselves to enter that state of being—that we discover our true self. The authentic, created in the image and likeness of God self.

In silence, we discover God. His Love. His Truth. That is the power that heals.

It doesn’t matter what we are feeling. Or thinking. What does matter is that we accept ourselves as we are, in the moment. To acknowledge our brokenness, our woundedness, our pain, our hurt. To acknowledge our need for healing, and to allow that healing in.

The value of the silence—the unsettledness, the discomfort—become the labor contractions that give birth to genuine humility. Gratitude. Thankfulness.

That is the life and work of God with, in, and through us.

That is the gift He longs to bestow on each of us, if we will choose to enter the silence.

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