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Silence is power! Because less is more. Top 3 benefits of being silent

“All profound things and emotion of things are proceeded and attended by silence “

– Herman Melville

The power of silence is versatile.

Silence can transcend speech, speak without words, and complement where verbal language is lacking.

And keeping silent also has advantages in terms of creativity, mental health, spiritual and religious practice, achieving the upper hand in negotiations, and even as a way to intimidate.

Sometimes, words are not all they are cracked up to be. Silence can yield more power than words. Inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci said, “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” Leaders know how to use silence as a tactic for speaking up for themselves and as an opportunity to lead. https://www.forbes.com/sites/averyblank/2017/06/20/6-ways-leaders-use-silence-to-increase-their-power-that-you-can-do-too/?sh=15dac91627c8p

This blog explores the power of silence, unfolding four benefits of being silent.

(1) The quieter you are, the more you hear.

The mystic and poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rūmi once realized that the quieter we become, the more we’re able to hear. From his mystical point of view, listening is essential, as Rumi tried to get closer to God and hear a “voice that doesn’t use words” by being still.

When we let go of all the words, we open ourselves up to other voices previously suppressed by continual verbal noise. These could be inner voices (as philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson called the ‘inner knowing’) and outside voices and sounds that one misses because of a lack of listening.

We can listen effectively if we keep quiet, inside and outside. By keeping quiet, we become receptive to our surroundings. We pay attention to what our senses observe, so we learn and eventually become smarter and wiser.

If we refuse to keep quiet nor listen to what others have to say, we only share what we already know and don’t learn anything.

The ancient philosopher Pythagoras once stated: “A fool is known by his speech, and a wise man by silence,”

Similarly, Lao Tzu wrote: “Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.”

Being quiet helps us learn about the environment and recognize dangers (and opportunities) that we would have skipped if we were too busy talking. But it also allows us to gather information about ourselves.

Often, people are so busy overthinking. worrying, ruminating, and analyzing we block ideas and solutions that are already within us from coming to the surface because our conscious minds generate too much noise.

Keeping quiet can also lead to more philosophical, and spiritual insights. We are not our thoughts, according to the Buddha And if we quiet down and observe our thoughts, we’ll discover that everything we think, all our ideas, concepts, and identifications, are fleeting.

Hence, according to the Buddha, a fixed self isn’t really there. But we only discover the illusory nature of thoughts if we keep quiet and observe and recognize them for what they are.

(2) Silence boosts creativity.

The theoretical physicist Albert Einstein argued that silence stimulates the creative
mind.

When he couldn’t come up with an idea, he’d just stop thinking and “swim in silence,”(as he called it) and wait for the right information to come to him. Therefore, like many other great minds, Einstein spent a lot of time in solitude, using quietness to his advantage.

Albert Einstein stated, and quote: “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulate the creative mind.”

Thus, we have insights when our overall activity level in the brain is low.

This happens when we’re either doing something that doesn’t require a lot of mental effort when we’re focusing on something repetitive or just generally more relaxed like when we wake up.

Insights require a quiet mind because they are quiet. So, it seems that we need to create the right circumstances for our minds to quiet down.

For some people, this may be going for a walk and repetitive forms of exercise or listening to calming music. For others, like Einstein, it might be dwelling in silence and solitude.

Many of the great minds, like Isaac Newton, Elizabeth Bishop, and Nikola Tesla, worked alone in quiet places.

(3) Silence can send a powerful message.

In many cases, keeping quiet can send a much stronger message than using speech. By responding to words with silence or using rightly timed pauses during conversations, we’re able to communicate effectively without speaking or writing.

Silence allows us to express what discourse cannot. The many words uttered, ideas shared and promises made, never fully encompass the human experience.

However, the power of silence as an answer to tragedy is that we acknowledge that no amount of words do justice to what we seek to commemorate; it’s so significant to us that we’re willing to stop talking and be silent for a certain amount of time.

Is there a better way of showing respect?
In conversation, using silence can be powerful as well.

American author Mark Twain stated, and I quote: “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”

Academic research shows that silence in a conversation starts to feel unbearable for approximately four seconds.

Making people start wondering:
– Did I say something wrong?
– Does this person dislike me?
– What’s going to happen next?

And so, the person on the receiving end of the silence may proceed to make any decision just to end the uneasiness of the uncertain gap in the communication. And this decision could be beneficial to the person brave enough to keep silent at the right moment.

Another benefit of keeping silent during conversations is that it’s safer than speech. In some situations, whatever we say weakens our position. For example, if we’re part of a conversation about a subject we don’t know anything about.

In such cases, it’s more powerful to listen: not just because listening grants us the opportunity to learn but also because we don’t make a fool out of ourselves by trying to appear knowledgeable when we are not. Moreover, keeping silent shows that we’re interested and willing to listen, which people generally appreciate.

Roman writer Publilius Syrus once stated: “I often regret that I have spoken; never that have been silent.”

(4) Silence improves well-being.

How can one take refuge from a noisy world and a noisy intellect?

Innumerable experiences of many different people across the ages tell us that silence helps us calm our busy minds.

A significant body of research suggests that silence relaxes the mind, enhances sleep, and lessens insomnia. Also, a study found that two minutes of silence has a more calming effect than listening to relaxing music. Other studies show that environmental noise exposure increases stress hormone levels and can cause disruptions in sleep structure.

Wrote Florence Nightingale, an English social reformer and founder of modern nursing.

In an article on Psychology Today, author George Michelsen Foy tells us that we’ve learned to tolerate noise and see it as something positive in our modern society.

Noise means that the machines are working; all technologies we’ve created are up and running. But by tolerating this noise, we “make a serious mistake,” according to Foy.

Noise kills, and that excessive input does real damage and is detrimental to our ability to function: an argument backed up by a copious amount of studies. Hence, to escape the unhealthy flow of information and noise, we need to build silence into our lives.

Moments of silence improve overall well-being and performance. The release is what I’m truly craving here, and release comes from emptiness. The emptiness of silence, of lonely landscapes, of closed eyes, of lying down in a dark, quiet room.

To think better. To question, for a second, our baseline. It is important to do that. Silence is minimalistic and empty, yet imposing and powerful. We can’t verbalize silence, but everyone understands it.

Those were the 4 ways…

It’s all-encompassing: mysterious but clear. soothing but painful, idle but useful, consenting but rebellious, and elusive but accessible. Silence is everything!

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Published by FARHEEN DHANJAL

I am besides being a self-help writer and podcaster am a lawyer as well. I sense an intense inclination towards the power of words; their placing, usage moreover the power of interpretation they possess in law as well as philosophy. My writings are an outcome of great mind processing, notion understanding, and articulation skills as I write: – Concrete and straightforward, – Therapy and self-help, and – Professional and guidance.

7 thoughts on “Silence is power! Because less is more. Top 3 benefits of being silent

  1. I agree that silence is powerful. When I was a teacher, the best way to quiet the class was not to yell, but say nothing. I am an observer and listener (many writers are) and I speak when I have something I’d like to say. Thanks for following Fake Flamenco!

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    1. My pleasure! You possess a wise approach towards your life. And, truly appreciate people with an attitude of looking for not tempting but worthy solutions. Keep the good work up! Nice talking to you. good day. 🙂

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  2. Very interesting post. I will reread it several a times for more insight. I believe I’ve read that SILENCE is a good negotiation tool. Silence can make the one party uncomfortable when a quick response is expected and not given. Yes, ‘silence is golden’.

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    1. You got it right! One can never know the power of silence until he practice it and seen its results. It feels so good when a reader let you know the highlight of your writing.

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