Ian, 6 anos na terra
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Some speak … and say nothing.
Some are silent … because they have nothing to say.
Some are silent … to listen.
Some are silent … so as not to tell the truth.
Some are silent … because they are afraid.
Some are silent … because they are proud.
Some are silent … and in their own way eloquent.

God is the most eloquent of all those who are silent.

– Davide Melodia

A silent mind, freed from the onslaught of thoughts and thought patterns, is both a goal and an important step in spiritual development. Inner silence is understood to bring one in contact with the divine or the ultimate reality of this moment. Living in the city, sounds are commonplace: they’re the default option. Cities are artificial creations, which have a rhythm and cycle of their own. You have to seek silence in these environments it simply never happens.

By seeking silence in our mind it’s possible to detach ourselves from the worries and anxieties. This requires us to control our thoughts: inner silence brings inner peace no matter what is happening in the outside world.

All religious traditions imply the importance of being quiet and still in mind and spirit for transformative and integral spiritual growth to occur.

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> In Christianity, there is the silence of contemplative prayer such as Centering prayer and Christian meditation

> In Islam, there are the wisdom writings of the Sufis who insist on the importance of finding silence within.

> In Buddhism, the descriptions of silence and allowing the mind to become silent are implied as a feature of spiritual enlightenment.

> In Hinduism, including the teachings of Advaita Vedanta and the many paths of yoga, teachers insist on the importance of silence for inner growth.

> In Quakerism, silence is an actual part of worship services and a time to allow the divine to speak in the heart and mind.

How do you seek and attain silence?

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