July 16
Silence is the great teacher and to learn
its lessons you must pay attention to it.
There is no substitute for the creative
inspiration, knowledge,  and stability
that come from knowing how to
contact your core of inner silence.

Deepak Chopra


Today's Meditation:

"Silence is golden," says the old refrain, and there are few things as true as that statement.  The value in silence, though, I believe is more important than gold, more important than anything material that we can devise.  The moments of true silence in my life are incredible, and they allow me to relax fully and feel the peace that really should be possible even in the times when we're in hectic and stressful situations.  Silence is a wonderful reminder of just what can be--if we allow it to be so.

Unfortunately, it seems that many people are afraid of silence.  There are people who turn on the stereo or the TV as soon as they walk into a room.  They fill every silent moment with friends or loved ones with speech.  They never allow silence to work its magic, so they go on and on without even realizing just how amazing the magic of silence can be.

When we allow ourselves to be immersed in silence, only then can we turn inward fully; only then can we pay attention to the deeper, more creative parts of ourselves.  The silent moments and times are those that are full of things other than noise.  Silence allows us to take a deep breath and slow down our thinking, to quiet our minds.  Silence reminds us of the deeper parts of ourselves that we tend to push aside in our constant pursuit of accomplishment and achievement.  Silence is the easiest place for us to connect with our spirits.

Your core of inner silence is a place of peace and acceptance and awareness.  It's also a place that your ego would prefer that you not find, for when you are able to access it regularly, your ego becomes much less necessary in your life.  You already are incredibly creative and knowledgeable, and stable; these things are found, though, in the silence that we so rarely allow to be a strong part of our lives.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of benefits can you see in accessing the silence inside of yourself?

Why is silence not one of the more dominant aspects of most of our lives?

How, specifically, might you create conditions that will allow you to experience your own core of inner silence?

For further thought:

Take time to be quiet.  This is something that we don't do enough in this busy world of ours.  We rush, rush, rush, and we are constantly listening to noise all around us.  The human heart was meant for times of quiet, to peer deep within.  It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams!  Schedule some quiet "dream time" this week.  No other people.  No cell phone.  No computer.  Just you, a pad, a pen, and your thoughts.

Jim Rohn


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