CRE­ATIVE SI­LENCE

Activated - - NEWS - By Su­mit Dhamija Su­mit Dhamija is an Ac­ti­vated reader in In­dia who says, “I have been read­ing Ac­ti­vated since 2005, and the spir­i­tual con­tent has helped me hold on to my faith dur­ing tur­bu­lent times.”

In­dia, where I live, is a coun­try of wide, sweep­ing farm­lands; huge moun­tains jut­ting their peaks into the sky; broad rivers lazily mov­ing over rocks. The land is as peace­ful as it al­ways has been, but the peo­ple who live here, like any­where in the world, are of­ten stressed.

Dr. Hans Se­lye, a prom­i­nent med­i­cal re­search sci­en­tist, has ob­served, “In this hurry-up world we are sub­ject­ing our­selves to too many stresses. We hurry con­stantly and worry in­ces­santly.” Un­for­tu­nately, many have yet to learn to de­velop in­ner peace.

An ex­cel­lent tech­nique for over­com­ing stress is the prac­tice of si­lence. It en­tails go­ing into a quiet place and do­ing your best to be still and shift your mind into neu­tral. Wil­liam James (1842–1910) said, “It is as im­por­tant to cul­ti­vate your si­lence power as it is your word power,” and Thomas Car­lyle (1795–1881) de­clared, “Si­lence is the el­e­ment in which great things fash­ion them­selves to­gether.” God’s Word gives the same ad­vice: “In quiet­ness and con­fi­dence shall be your strength.”

1 I re­cently read an in­ter­view with a rub­ber man­u­fac­turer who pointed out that his in­dus­try did not learn to make ef­fi­cient tires un­til they were re­designed to ab­sorb road shock rather than merely to re­sist it. We too would be more suc­cess­ful if we learned to re­lax and let the pres­sures and stress of life flow right through us rather than rigidly bat­tling them.

1. Isa­iah 30:15

If you are to main­tain power to meet your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and to con­tinue ef­fec­tively over the long pull, you must give as much con­sid­er­a­tion to that del­i­cate, yet pow­er­ful mech­a­nism known as your hu­man per­son­al­ity as en­gi­neers give to their en­gines. You can pur­chase an­other en­gine, but that “en­gine” known as your­self can­not be re­pro­duced if it fails, and stress is a ma­jor cause of that fail­ure. — Nor­man Vin­cent Peale (1898– 1993), Amer­i­can min­is­ter and au­thor

We need to find God, and He can­not be found in noise and rest­less­ness. See how na­ture, the trees, the flow­ers, and the grass grow in per­fect si­lence. … We need to be alone with God in si­lence to be re­newed and to be trans­formed. For si­lence can give us a new out­look on life. — Mother Teresa (1910–1997), founder of the Or­der of the Mis­sion­ar­ies of Char­ity

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