Inner Growth Word of the Day: Silence
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. forbearance from speech or noise. 2. absence of sound or noise.
Silence in a sentence: Some people love silence, others can get somewhat uneasy if that silence lasts too long.
Silence in action: When all you hear is nothing but the wind, silence is what surrounds you.
Silence and inner growth: Silence can help inner growth as it is a moment where everything is quiet. This absence of noise gives you the opportunity to have some time with your thoughts and yourself. It is in moments like these that you can explore things that have happened to you, feelings that you’re feeling, even the feelings that arise from being surrounded by silence. Contemplation always leads to a next step, and then another, and another. These silent moments give you plenty to reflect upon and the necessary time to decide on the actions you’ll take next.
Silence and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does silence mean to me? How do I use silence to understand myself better? When does silence occur in my life? How have my silent moments affected my life? What life lessons have I gained from silence? How do I feel about silence and what about when I’m surrounded by it? Does silence generate peaceful feelings within me or unrestful ones?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with silence at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Next list three to five life events that have happened to you and that brought about complete silence for an hour or more. Next to the three to five life events place one of the words from your first list. Now out of those three to five words, with the word you placed next to it from your first list, expand on the event. Put as many details in it as you want and make sure to use the word you chose from your first list in your story.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about silence and at first focus solely on that initial feeling. If questions or thoughts come to mind, push them aside for at least five minutes. When you’re ready allow those additional questions and thoughts to come to mind and notice the feelings they arise within you; allowing each feeling to fully express itself as you do this. Write down anything that stands out and do the same thing with it.
Your turn – Share your silence sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂