On New Year’s Eve, I lost my voice. Instead of bringing in the New Year with joyful shouts, I was forced to celebrate in silence. Practicing silence, however, was an invitation to connect to a deeper and more profound voice within. I began to notice and pay closer attention to whatever emotions or thoughts came up. I listened with non-judgmental awareness, which I’ve learned through the practice of yoga, in refraining from classifying a thought or emotion as negative or positive but rather allowing it to be. And then, letting go.
Silence creates space. It creates space and allows for more openness and receptivity. It creates breathing room. It means better listening and cultivates a foundation for understanding.