I Am Silence
Episode #2 of the course “Active listening” by Mircea Samoila
Take a look around you. Wherever you are at this very moment, there are probably lots of people or objects occupying the space around you. However, space is unaffected by the objects filling it. The space in my office as I write these lines on the computer remains the same, regardless of whether I, the desk, or the computer is in it. In very simple terms, objects need space to exist, but space does not need objects.
Our minds are similar—very often, they burst with all sorts of voices, opinions, memories, plans, expectations, and scenarios. Most of the time, these psychological “objects” are nothing but noise. And they need a space in which to exist. This space is the silence in our minds. It is consciousness. It’s the silence that we need in order to really be able to listen. So let’s try to become more aware and in tune with it.
Place your hands toward the photo with palms upward, as if you are waiting to receive energy from it. Pay attention to your legs, torso, arms, shoulders, and head. See how they feel alive. Become aware of the breath that flows in and out of your body. Now pay attention to your mind and make the following affirmations:
I want to know myself beyond my body, my mind, and my emotions
I am my own master
I am peace and freedom
I am not guilty of anything
I forgive everything
I am silence
Observe how the stream of your thoughts becomes thinner and eventually stops. Whenever a new thought comes, just say “I forgive this thought” and let it pass. Remain in the silence that you are for a few minutes.
Do you have a sense of deep relaxation and freedom? Perhaps even a feeling of joy that has no cause? When we bring this state into our day-to-day lives, it becomes the attitude of openness that is necessary for active listening. We will discuss more about this in our next lesson tomorrow.
“You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise.”
“The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships” by Michael P. Nichols PhD
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