10 Jul

Turn the light off
there’s a light on in your heart
so let it be your guidance, guidance!
Open up your mouth if what you say
could be more beautiful than silence
~ K’naan – More beautiful than silence

Imagine…that silence was a part of our culture’s etiquette, just like saying “Please” and “Thank you”.

Imagine…that it was silence that was considered polite, rather than the small talk that forces us to share details of our lives with our neighbour, hairdresser or colleague.

Imagine…that it was considered perfectly natural to say “I don’t feel like talking right now” or “I don’t want to answer your question”.

Imagine…that wanting to go for a walk on your own in silence was as normal as wanting to go for dinner with friends.

Imagine…only speaking to share something valuable or important with our interlocutor.

Imagine…being able to ask a colleague not to disturb us for an hour or an afternoon, because we need silence to concentrate on our work.

Imagine…switching off everything that makes a noise: telephone, email alert, oven timer, radio, GPS…

Imagine…being able to hear what is going on inside, rather than outside.

Sit Listen Silence

9 Responses to “Imagine…Silence”

  1. Karina 10/07/2013 at 11:10 #

    Imagine that… 🙂

  2. Valjenaлена 10/07/2013 at 13:47 #

    Спасибо…для меня ваша статья именно сейчас нужна была…

    • l0ve0utl0ud 11/07/2013 at 17:28 #

      Я рада, что она к вам пришла в нужный момент.

  3. Rhiannon 10/07/2013 at 18:11 #

    Silence is precious, and I am guilty of avoiding it… i always have some noise, tv, radio, constant chatter of my preschool aged daughter.

    Life is about balance, thank you for reminding me that silence is as important as what we try to hear.

    • l0ve0utl0ud 11/07/2013 at 17:30 #

      There are many noises in life we cannot ‘switch off’, but there are also many ways in which we can seek silence – we must give ourselves the opportunity to do it!

  4. Thomas 12/07/2013 at 13:57 #

    Silence is seriously undervalued in contemporary society. People shouldn’t always be so quick to call a silence “awkward.” Great post.

    • l0ve0utl0ud 12/07/2013 at 16:06 #

      I prefer silence to petty conversation any day!

  5. nrhatch 12/07/2013 at 16:42 #

    Beautiful. I have lots of silent spaces in my life . . . and I love the still silent spaces between the notes.

    • l0ve0utl0ud 13/07/2013 at 10:18 #

      It’s wonderful that you have silent spaces in your life; silence is so important for balance, for listening to ourselves.

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