We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature, trees, flowers, grass, grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls, Mother Teresa said.

When we set our mind into silence, we are in our essential nature, which is unbounded consciousness. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind.

Without silence words could lose their meaning, without listening speaking is no longer effective. True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit, what sleep nourishment and refreshment, are to the body. 

Let us learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has its purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from and grow for the better. Everything happens for a reason.

Spoken words do not solve everything. Sometimes silence delivers accurate and truthful feelings and positive results while words can distort the meaning and make some situations confusing. Silence could be a source of great strength and wisdom.

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. 

After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded.

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch.

Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance.

The farmer looked at him and thought: “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough.”  So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn.

After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed.

The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.”

A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see, how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be…!

By Tim Pedrosa

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