The Value of Silence

This letter was written by a meditator in prison.
The author reflects on the value of silence in meditation.

I am reading a little book called Word into Silence, a manual for Christian meditation. I have been struck by many phrases, such as "to discover our spirit we have to stay in silence and allow it to emerge from the darkness in which it has been relegated… the silence is our pilgrimage and the mantra is our way," and again: "It is better to be silent and sincere than to speak and to be insincere." Now I believe that our mental capacity improves in a condition of silence. We certainly think we are more self confident after having spoken; but I prefer to stay and listen...

-S. M.

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