The silent mind has no burdens, it is diaphanous, free and luminous like the surface of the sea. In it, selfishness dissolves instantly, external pressures are extinguished and even those internal vortices full of obsessions and negative thoughts lose intensity. Nothing can be as healthy as practicing that relaxed thought with which to find calm in the chaos.
Gordon Hempton, a well-known acoustic ecologist, tells us that silence is a “species” in danger of extinction. According to this expert on nature, sound and well-being, silence and stillness are vital for our survival. This last statement may seem disproportionate to us, but in reality it has validity and obvious importance.
The human being is losing the ability to listen. And we are not referring only to the ability to be receptive to what our environment says, communicates or evokes from the most complex and refined stimuli. People barely listen to themselves now. Silence, according to Professor Gordon Hempton, forces us to be present and honest. It is a way of undressing the soul, undressing the mind and opening the heart to find ourselves authentically with ourselves again.
We could say that a silent mind is a way to expand internal spaces and to connect with what surrounds us and with who we are. It is a way of revealing where to invest in health and well-being, a practice that we should apply in everyday life.
Our mind is the main source of fatigue
Let’s face it, sometimes our mind is an animal with enormous energy, it is tireless, restless, devours everything, traps everything and almost without realizing it can also become our worst enemy. This thinking machine does not respect the rest times and therefore does not hesitate to wake us up to keep us alert, to feed the ruminant thought, the useless chatter and obsessions to create a thick fog within which to end up getting lost. Isolated in the ocean of anxiety or depression.
Meister Eckhart, a well-known Dominican and German philosopher of the thirteenth century, had already said in his time that the only way to calm inner anguish was to embrace silence. According to Eckhart, the stillness and absence of sound around us can act as a purifying fire. It is like a quiet home where the soul becomes more intuitive, where our gaze is refreshed and knowledge deepened.
Eckhart’s message has clear mystical connotations, we know. However, it is curious to note that in the course of our history it has been the world of religion and spirituality that has somehow claimed the importance of silence. Even Buddha, for example, explained in his texts that putting a silent mind into practice was the way to put an end to tiredness, to lying and to get rid of all kinds of selfish activities …
The silent mind, in essence, is the one that neither strays from reality nor avoids it. It is always alert, always awake and above all tries to see the nature of reality, both external and internal.
The silent mind and relaxed thinking
It is clear to us, therefore, that the mind can very often be our main source of exhaustion. We also know that one way to practice relaxed thinking is to initiate ourselves into meditation, mindfulness, or even yoga. We have been told this many times, and perhaps we have even tried unsuccessfully, to the point of coming to the conclusion that meditation is not for us.
We do not choose an option with our eyes closed, however well known it may be. To practice and benefit from a silent mind there are many other ways, many more locks to open this “stillness of mind”. The key, like everything in life, is to find the answer that best suits our needs and personalities. Therefore, it will be useful to reflect on the proposals that we set out in detail below.
4 principles for practicing the silent mind
The first goal, however curious it may be, is to stop being afraid of silence. It will be hard for us to admit it, but it is an obvious reality. Something as simple as looking for a natural environment without any hint of civilization over miles and sitting in complete solitude can be terrifying for many.
- Silence undresses us and makes us feel deprived of “something”. However, that “something” is often all the superficiality and weight we carry in our minds. It is therefore necessary to let ourselves be embraced by silence without fear, with intimacy, with the honesty of letting go of the ballast …
- One hour of solitude a day. To shape a silent mind, we must learn or re-learn to be alone. Solitude freely chosen for a moment is healthy, it is cathartic and renews us in every sense.
- Empathy with yourself. To calm the restless mind, the insatiable mind and its negative thoughts, we need to be empathic with ourselves. In this way we will turn our gaze inwards, to be that relaxed voice that is able to tell us: “It’s okay, calm down, stop the flow of thoughts and concentrate. Everything will be better from now on. Enjoy the silence. “
- Slowing things down doesn’t mean wasting time. Another sensational strategy is learning to go slower throughout our day. We must understand that going slower is not always synonymous with wasting time. Slowing down our life, allowing us to be more present, also promotes mental calm.
In conclusion, the silent mind is not a type of entelechy, it is not an impossible ability to acquire, to train or something that can only be enjoyed by those who have meditated for years. This relaxed thinking requires willpower, self-control and a good dose of self-love, with which we can convince ourselves that our mind cannot and must not be our worst enemy.