Today, silence is arguably one of the most challenging things to understand, let alone practice. Yet the practice of silence goes way back to ancient times. Its roots are deep and can be found in many primeval spiritual teachings (e.g., Hinduism and Buddhism) and cultures (e.g., Roman and Native American).
In the Upanishads, it’s said that the vag-indriya (organ of speech) distracts the mind. Today, it seems that the vag-indriya is the most-used organ in the body. By letting unnecessary speech fall out of our mouths, we waste a considerable amount of emotional and physical energy—energy that could be transmuted into spiritual energy.
It’s said that silence is an experience of being; it is the timeless basis of the universe’s existence. It has neither start nor end. Silence is an endless reality in which everything comes into being before vanishing again. The power of silence is the most abundant and vast power in the universe.
Silence is the voice of the soul. Silence is a voice alike no other. When it speaks, it connects us to our inner selves and keeps us grounded. It’s a voice that speaks to the conscious space where thoughts and feelings are pure and connected.