The practice of silence is simple yet sophisticated. It’s a practice of peace, balance, harmony, awareness and gratitude.
When you first start to practice silence, the outside noise will slowly disappear. Then the internal noise, which is made of your wandering thoughts, will begin to vanish.
Many temptations will come up to try to distract you when you’re practicing silence. But over time, these temptations will dissipate, and your silence will draw you to a deeper level of consciousness. Your energies will become more focused and harmonized.
On the surface, the practice involves respecting your own silence and not interfering with the silence of others around you. Under the surface, it involves shutting down unwanted, useless external and internal noise.
Practicing silence requires effort and discipline, and it just might be one of the most challenging things you’ll ever do. It’s surprising how loud and testing silence can be. Particularly at the start, when you are not used to it.
This practice isn’t about locking yourself in a room 24/7 and never saying anything. It’s not about leaving your current life and becoming a monk. It’s about incorporating some silence into your everyday life to achieve balance and nurture your soul.
The suggestions below are simple and powerful ways to practice silence in your day-to-day life. We recommend starting with one and consciously sticking with it for at least a month—or until it becomes second nature and part of your routine.
Then add another from the list below. Again, stick with it until it becomes a habit. Keep building on your practice until the experience of silence becomes an integral part of your life and you start to feel its benefits.