Why Is Silence So Beautiful And Nurturing?
There is a certain beauty in a silent, lonely area. Just simply sitting in that area could be so calming and even therapeutic at times.
I think that being silent is actually our natural state. In fact many ancient traditions have stated the same exact thing. They have embraced the importance of a silent mind.
What is it about the silence that is so beautiful and nurturing?
I strongly believe that it has a lot to do with comfort and security.
When there is not too much noise our mind feels at ease because it does not have to interpret sounds and try to help us with our survival.
When we are silent we switch from our simplistic, survival-based mode into a more creative and aware state of being.
Now I also have friends who are more comfortable focusing when there is a lot of noise around them. This is also true but I would not want to discuss it here because it has a lot of more factors mixed into it. I wouldn’t want to go off on a tangent.
Another interesting thing about a silent mind is the fact that it is more aware. The more silent one’s mind the more aware one is of oneself and one’s surroundings – the opposite holds true as well.
I think this is the exact reason why the ancient spiritual teachers have tried to calm the minds of their students. Without being aware one cannot go into a meditative state. It sounds very contradictory where in fact it is very true.
I think awareness is another byproduct of silence which makes it so beneficial and comforting. The more aware I am the more I feel some sort of freedom, whereas with my routine-oriented mind I feel so trapped.
As a software engineer and an aspiring writer I could definitely give my testimony when it comes to silence and innovation. They go hand in hand because innovation happens through silence.
Only in silence can we create because an idea is just like a seed and silence is like fertile soil which nurtures the seed and allows it to grow.