7 March 2022
Silence: The Power It Holds
On March 3rd, 2022, the entire island of Bali celebrated Nyepi. Nyepi, happening every year, is a day of silence and fasting where communities pause and take a day of reflection. People stay at home and meditate, pray for themselves, and for world peace. Starting at 6 am on the morning of March 3nd to 6 am March 4th, the whole island was silent with nobody allowed to go out while everyone waited eagerly to celebrate a new year, called ‘Ngumbah.’ It is considered that Nyepi holds a symbolic message against evil and offers the possibility of change for good things to all Balinese people. In light of Nyepi, we thought it fitting to write this month’s blog on the power that silence holds.
A time for words and a time for silence
Silence can be very healing. The healing power of silence is not about doing nothing but about giving space for your thoughts and feelings to develop without being overwhelmed by the opinions or actions of others. Silence is indeed pregnant with possibility. Silence allows you to think things through from all angles to process information and feelings and arrive at a place where you can make decisions that are right for you. Silence gives you the space to be creative; it helps you connect with your intuition and makes it easier to relate to other people. When we open our hearts in silence, we are more likely to hear the voice of Spirit, which is always present and consistently trying to guide us toward our highest good.
Silence also allows us to genuinely listen to other people, opposed to just hearing them. Silence opens us up in many ways: It enables us to connect with our true self, with other people, with nature, and everything around us.
Silence provides an arena for connection
In a world where we are so often bombarded with information from every direction, it’s no surprise that the power of silence can be overlooked. But in reality, the power of silence lies somewhere between the words we speak and the thoughts we think.
The more that we fill our days with “shoulds” and “oughts” and “musts” (and chatter), the less room there is for peace and quiet to provide an arena for connection. In other words, instead of using silence to give us space in which to hear ourselves and others, we are using it to create a void.
For many people, the idea of being silent is uncomfortable—they equate it with loneliness or boredom. But silence doesn’t have to be lonely—you can use it as a way to connect with yourself, your surroundings, and even other people.
Silence isn’t something that you have to seek out consciously; you can find it when you aren’t looking for it. When you find those spaces of silence in your day, allow them to exist without worrying about filling them up with things that don’t need to be said.
Silence can help us learn how to listen to ourselves
When it comes to developing a sense of inner peace, your thoughts and feelings are the keys. An essential step in listening to ourselves is recognizing our thought patterns. Once you know what makes you feel good, bad, or indifferent, you can begin to create a well-defined sense of self-awareness. The next step is to speak our truth and share it in a way that others will understand. This requires a bit more finesse because your self-expression must be free of judgment while also remaining true to yourself.
Here are some practical ways you can learn how to listen yourself:
- Meditate on your inner voice: Meditation offers countless benefits for people from all walks of life. It’s not just about going inward and becoming one with your soul; it’s also about listening to what your heart has to say. And sometimes, that means listening for the specific message you need at this moment in time.
- Ask yourself questions such as: What am I feeling right now? What do I think about this situation? What choices am I facing right now? What information am I receiving now? Who am I at this moment? Who do I want to become next? The answers to these questions are all parts of your inner voice. It’s a good idea to write these answers down, so you have something to look back and reflect on.
Tuning into your inner voice is not about being psychic or having spiritual experiences, though some people experience these things when connecting to their inner voice. For most of us, tuning into our inner voice is simply a matter of listening carefully to what we feel and think.
In light of Nyepi, we hope that you’ll discover new ways to find and connect with others and your inner voice through the power of silence. To do so, the best advice we can give is this: commit yourself to a daily practice of silence and use it to nurture the spiritual side of your life. You will be glad you did.
If you would like to experience a silent retreat of your own, we would love to help! REVĪVŌ resort in Bali can curate a guided silent retreat for you at any time of the year in the privacy of your villa. For further information, please get in touch.
Blog written by Kimberly Rose