Wednesday, March 9, 2011
fortune cookie wisdom wednesday
yikes! and here i always thought the golden rule was an ethic of reciprocity. you know. do unto others as you would have them do unto you. but the cookie has a point. after all, silence is the loudest scream. even mother theresa told us that "we need silence to be able to touch souls" and lao tzu told us that "silence is a source of great strength."
it is in silence, with the mouth shut, that i meditate each morning, though i strive to carry that meditation out into my daily activities...including into my speech. if jeremy taylor is correct in that "meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit," then keeping one's mouth shut and speeking with silence during meditation, one can truly touch souls as mother theresa admonished.
there are countless thinkers and great spiritual leaders who have imparted the wisdom of silence. confucious told us that "silence is the true friend that never betrays.” emily dickinson wrote that "saying nothing...sometimes says the most.” mahatma gandhi told us that "in the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.” even helen keller shared with us her ideas on silence: "everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”
sometimes our lives are too full of words. spoken words. written words. thought words. is it any wonder i find the silence of meditation so refreshing and edifying? don't get me wrong...there is definitely a place for words and noise and buzz of daily life...but i think i shall focus a little more on silence. or at least on being silent and allowing the buzz to hum around me. open my ears and eyes. drink it all in. allow it all to simply be.