The word itself gives connotations of peace and tranquillity.
The oxymoronic quality of the word combined with the sibilance of the slow, hissing ‘s’ gives one the impression of steam escaping from an old railroad train as it sets off from the station into the idyllic countryside. It’s amazing how we can forget how wonderful quiet can be sometimes.
We all find ourselves craving it in some way or another. Whether it is escaping through going on a scenic walk, blocking out the world with ear plugs on a plane journey, or curling up with a book beside a fireplace, each of us in our own ways needs to find that moment of solitude that brings rest.
For myself, I more often than not, do not like silence. I am fully aware that clashes with almost everything I said above – but for some of us silence can only be handled in small doses. Many of us feel that silence is linked to isolation, a time and a place where we are left alone with our own company to hear the whirring cogs of our own brains. BUT this doesn’t have to be the case!
‘Silence is golden’ – a phrase which has been obscured by the coverings of time was first expressed in English by Thomas Carlyle in 1831. He states that “Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.”
Doubts and consternation related to silence can be wiped it seems if we focus on the benefits of self-reflection, and discovering who we are supposed to be in the hustling crowds that surround us.
Silence is a great source of strength.
Ecclesiastes 3:7-8 states that there is “a time to be silent and a time to speak”. Never has a phrase been more apt than this. More often than not, we can miss out on important moments in life of discovering who we are meant to be or what our purpose truly is, by not stopping to think for a moment; finding clarity and discernment in the comforting arms of silence.
Remember that silence can be beneficial, and in order to find out what it can have in store for us: mind, body and soul we must not run away from it. The peace and tranquillity in solitude of mind will bring rest and recuperation. Give it a go and let your mind wander freely, who knows what will come from it.