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A New Perspective: In appreciation of silence

Columnist Cathy Zeeb

Awwhh ” the silence! No ringing phones, no television noise, no children playing or crying, nobody talking. All I hear is my breathing, the sound of the leaves blowing in the wind, the sound of my heart beating, the sound of a car driving by. This is silence. This is being at peace. This is so lovely, why don’t I do it more often?

You never realize how much you like silence until life seems to take it away from you, like having a baby or getting a puppy or having roommates. Silence is golden. Some of us like noise all the time and enjoy the laughter of children, the playfulness of a puppy and good conversation with friends. These are wonderful things, but not giving ourselves a moment of silence in our day denies us a sense of peace that we deserve. Silence is good. In silence we can actually listen ” to ourselves, to spirit, to the voice of the body.

It is important to find a place where you can be in silence. A few minutes of silence helps you to create the cave of the heart, the oasis of quiet, the inner sanctuary, the sacred center where God dwells. It provides a way to periodically withdraw from the world.

I did a five-day silent retreat a year ago. It was a wonderful experience. I found that not telling anyone who I was or what I did for a living was a wonderful change of pace. Not worrying about who my roommate was or what she did for a living was refreshing. I could just be with myself, with my soul and with spirit for five whole days. I found it to be calming, introspective and helped me get closer to my higher power.

The soul is stillness at all times. In the midst of the chaos in the world or in our minds, the soul is always in stillness. This is different than silence. We create silence.

Creating silence allows us to give recognition to the stillness of the soul. It’s from this place that we give the best of who we are in every situation. In silence is where we recognize how amazing and divine we are.

Being silent is hard for most people. I love to talk. When I was a child I didn’t talk much, so those who know me well, know that I’m making up for it now. But, being silent is so important. Not just for those around you, but for your soul. It is important to know when talking and noise is good and when you need that precious quiet.

Taking one moment in your day to sit in silence will regenerate your life. There is chaos everywhere ” in our heads and in the world. Take a moment to sit without noise, conversations, crying or ringing phones (turn your cell phone off or leave it in another room). Everyone has a place and a moment to be silent; in the bathroom, in the shower or in the car, to name a few.

Everything you give comes from the stillness within you, so allow the silence of a moment to give you the peace and strength to be the best you can be in everything you do. Practice one moment of silence after you finish reading this column. Take a deep breath and listen to your heart beat. Just one moment can change your day, and who knows, maybe the rest of your life.

Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards and teaches Metaphysics at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. You can visit her Web site at http://www.healing-spirits.net.

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