Seven Simple Techniques to Peace and Happiness

Inner Silence

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by Jayaram V

When we are babies, we learn the value of noise. Babies realize, perhaps a few days or weeks after they are born, that the louder the noise they make the greater the attention they get. This simple logic of survival becomes a basic strategy for many people when they grow up. They keep making noises, louder and louder, to mark their territory, declare their superiority, establish their authority, control others or manipulate them.

People keep getting louder and louder, depending upon their level of desperation or enthusiasm. However, in some cases when the noise fails to attract the desired attention or deliver the intended results, some people withdraw into depressing silence and suffer from fear, despair, frustration, and negativity.

The noise that babies make to attract attention and secure help morphs into many forms as they grow up. Actions, words, dress and appearance, tastes, habits, skills, relationships, achievements, status, status symbols, profession, friendship, enmity, love, anger, these and many others are but expressions of that noise only, whose sole purpose is to attract attention, create impression and secure approval, support, recognition and such other benefits.

Not all the noise we create in our lives is bad. We cannot live without making noise. Even to comfort others and help them, we need to use words and engage in actions. However, problems arise when we live amidst people who value personal achievement and material success more than inner peace and spiritual Wellbeing. When that happens, a time will come in the lives of many when they grow tired of the noise of life and yearn for silence of the heart.

True inner silence, complete control over the movements of your mind and body, comes after a long effort. It requires years of yoga practice and persistence. However, as a beginning step, you can practice silence in limited ways and reinvigorate yourself. The following few simple techniques are very helpful in this regard.

1. Know when to speak and when not to speak

2. Speak only when necessary

3. Learn to listen and observe more

4. Practice economy of words

5. Avoid critical, abusive and negative speech

6. Keep a few hours every week to practice total silence

7. When you are silent keep smiling and remain positive

It is possible to experience silence intermittently even when you are busy. You just need to take your attention away from whatever you are doing and focus upon that inner center of silence in you. You have to remain in that state for sometime before you can return to your work and continue. Drawing strength and inspiratin from that inner silence of your heart will help you to cope with the daily stress you experience in your life.

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