This quote was passed on to me today.

Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing. ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

I need to learn respectful silence.  Silence for me is uncomfortable; whether it be for me or from me, it’s uncomfortable.  I never know how to deal with it.

13 thoughts on “Silence

  1. So right you are my dear, dear friend. Keeping such a respectful silence has been the hardest lesson of my life, and one I still have to fight to maintain.

    I just posted a query on your post about panic, wondering if you were okay. Are you? 😕

  2. That’s a wonderful quote. And that kind of silence is neither uncomfortable nor difficult to learn. In the right circumstances, in the right company, it comes naturally and unbidden. It’s the silence that falls over you when your hearts and minds are on the same wave length. You don’t will yourself to that silence; it wills you to silence.

    • Christie, that’s a great question. I don’t consider blogging silence however I’m learning that blogging is healthy for myself. I TRY not to blog about another person in my face to face life in a negative way however I realize your question could mean that you want to say something in a positive light. I think you have to do what is healthy for yourself first. I of course never follow my own advice and always keep everything in no matter how annoyed I am. Unless of course I’m on Twitter than I say whatever the hell I want. 😉

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