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Thoughts of silence

The crucible knows after you’ve been tested Whether you are gold, Or merely copper with gold covering
Rumi

How often during the course of a day do we think about the words we break the silence with, about the glance we give the casual passer-by, how we address the seller in the store, the tone with which we respond to our child, and in general the consequences of our actions …

Every day we build and/or demolish, give and/or take away, ask and/or respond. For example, “hunger” is a matter of nature that seems to say “There is a hole in the wall of the house. Give me a brick and cement to fill it.” The act of eating is the answer – “Here you are, I give you the brick and cement you needed.”

‘Seeding’ is the question. “The growth of the tree” is the answer. Another answer is the non-germination of the seed and the lack of a tree.

One king received three requests from his subjects but did not respond to any of them.

After a while, the subject wrote to the king: “If my request is acceptable, tell me. If not, please also tell me!”. The king’s response was this: “Don’t you understand? The lack of an answer is also an answer!”

Wise people say that silly questions are answered with silence.

But isn’t a certain level of intelligence necessary to understand the silence?

How to know what it wants to tell us and when is it better to keep quiet?

Maybe… because we fall asleep without looking at the stars in the sky, or because we walk on the ground without feeling it with our bare feet, or because we eat products that are not inherent to us, we slowly disconnect from nature and lose touch with it, and moreover the connection with your inner voice.

We forget to listen to our intuition, to consult with it, to stay quiet before we act, to think before we say something, to wait, to step back, to be silent…

We forget about our conscience – the one that tells us the truth.

It is not by chance that the Persian poet Rumi says:

“If restlessness afflicts your open eyes,know that your heart’s eye’s closed, and open it!”

Isn’t it time to learn from our mistakes?

Isn’t it time for us to become a little more patient and let things just happen under the laws of nature, by themselves… without inserting “want” and “must”, without expectations and without a plan?…

Perhaps if we succeed in this, then we will learn to rely on silence … and the most important and intriguing dialogue – the dialogue with ourselves – will begin.

Sarah

* The article uses quotes from the works of the Persian poet Rumi.