Entries tagged with “Silence”

Book Review: Silence

A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives

Breathe, Don’t Plead: An Idea of Prayer

“Prayer, to me, is more about silence than words—or as Jefferies says—it’s about being ‘rapt in the fullness of the moment.’”

Delving into Silence with Patrick Shen

Exploring the waning resource of silence.

DIY Quiet: Six Tips to Find Your Stillness

The neighbor’s smoke alarm is beeping, demanding a new battery. A kid is bouncing on a pogo stick out in the yard—squeak, squeak, squeak. Trying to focus on a task can be cha…

Embrace Silence

An excerpt from Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD

Film Review: In Pursuit of Silence

What exactly is silence? Patrick Shen’s hypnotic documentary, shot around the world, seeks to explore both the scientific and psychological concepts of silence, and posits the idea…

I Have Just Returned from 10 Days of Silence. . .

I woke up at 4:00 a.m., meditated for 11 hours, and ate my last meal of the day at 11:00 a.m.—for 10 days. Where to begin?

Marie Howe: Holding the Silence

The acclaimed poet reflects on prayer, desperation, and letting go of what can’t be said.

On Meditating Badly

Every morning, I meditate. Badly. I know meditation is good for me. Meditation can help with anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-esteem and a whole host of other things. There are a m…

Shhh ... a Silent Retreat Guide

“A silent retreat is a gift to yourself to recalibrate, to connect, to learn about yourself in a beautiful way. In such a way that you can only get when your basic needs are taken care of and you are given the time, space, and instruction to meditate in silence.”

Silence for Inner Peace

While we’ll never escape noise completely, we can create necessary moments of quiet—and, in the process, create much-needed balance.

Speak Your Heart, Not Your Mind

Since when did “saying what’s on your mind,” no matter what, become an admirable quality? While freedom of speech is a constitutional right, the ability to edit what you say, befor…

Spirituality and Donuts

Donuts can teach us a deep lesson about our brains and how to cease the internal chatter. Read on.

Take Sweet Care of Yourself

An Excerpt from Soul Vows

The Happiness Track: How to Avoid the 3 Paths of BS

From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years.

We learn best when we are not learning—when we make more room for silence.

The Joys of Decoupling

A weeklong retreat beyond words and even snuggling.

The Splendid Spiritual Practice of Silence

A former monk shares insights from a year of solitary prayer and contemplation

The Stairway to Heaven May Be Sound

Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander woke from a weeklong coma claiming he’d been to a place that many believe does not exist. Now he says he’s found a way to return.

VIDEO: Self-Realization Fellowship Monastic on The Power of Silence

Often, the best way to deepen our spiritual practice is by unplugging from the noise, conversations and devices that keep us from connecting with our higher Self. To better underst…