I’ve stopped talking. Literally. I woke up one morning and I just couldn’t speak. According to my doctors there is nothing wrong with me physically or mentally. I’m not unhappy or frightened or anything unusual. I just can’t talk. Why do you think this is happening to me?
Perhaps you have nothing to say that is worth saying. Most talk is mindless babble. Maybe you’re tired of it. Since you are writing to me you haven’t lost the ability to communicate, so you needn’t fear being cut off from the world. Appreciate the freedom your silence allows you. Limit your written communication to those thoughts and insights that really matter to you and that might be of help to others. Keep them in a journal and see how they deepen as your silence matures. And while you have been liberated from the outer chatter, begin a meditation practice that frees you from the inner chatter as well.
Can people live without some assurance that things will turn out OK in the end? Heaven and hell provide such assurance. So does karma. So does the notion that evolution leads to higher levels of consciousness. So does Martin Luthe …
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. In the print version of our magazine, he has an advice column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” addressing reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more. His latest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art. Rabbi Rami hosts our podcast, “Essential Conversations.”