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the cone of silence

"you are quiet"

Those three words are some of the heaviest that I can utter or hear. 

I never understand when I am told that I am getting quiet -- but I have learned that apparently I am seen/heard as a chatty person.  I do know that if there is no one about to talk to, I used to talk to myself, or sing.   But through the years I have learned that when I fall silent, it is usually a bad sign.

And when I say it to another, it means that I am worried.  I thrive on the buzz and sound of others' thoughts.   I love asking questions and getting to know someone, delving into how they think and feel and understanding why they do the things that they do.  So the silence of others is something that can cut me to the quick.   Want to ensure that I will lose my temper completely?  Hang up on me.  Want to put distance between us?  Stop answering my questions, stop sharing, stop responding to emails/IM/text/hail.  When that buzz is gone, I feel as though I have gone deaf and the tigers flex their claws and begin to circle. 

One of my favorite books in The Chosen by Chaim Potok  I try to envision being raised in silence, being taught to listen to the buzzing of thoughts without words and I cannot.

The value of silence:

The value of silence in Quaker spirituality:

Trappist monks have been practicing the discipline of silence for centuries:

Here is a nice article on the theology of Silence:

And some articles on silence in prayer:

There is an assumption that a failure to be able to live in silence betokens an unrest with oneself.  I am not sure that I agree with this.  I just know that when I go quiet, it is a sign that all is not well with me and my ability to process what is happening around me has become overloaded

Permalink | Friday, March 4, 2022