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10 Benefits of Embracing Silence

Slow down you're thinking too fast. Can you relate to "thinking too fast" or maybe "thinking too much"? Sometimes it seems like we just have to talk or our minds will explode, and often the need to talk happens while someone else is already explaining or sharing what's important to them.

Ask yourself am I really listening, am I really understanding what the other person is saying? Is it more important for me to be heard than it is to hear others?

Using silence as a communication tool

Have you ever heard the expression "You have two ears and only one mouth so you should listen twice as much as you speak"? What about "Silence is Gold"? It doesn't matter if you have never heard these expressions, you will still be able to take advantage of this under-utilized ability.

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation

What does that mean? To me, it basically says "Shut up already!" We know that you can't have a conversation with both (or all) of the people talking at the same time. So somehow we have to take turns. There are some social conventions that help with this turn taking, but it doesn't always work as well as we might hope.

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The Benefits of Silence

In the August issue of Ode magazine, Tijn Touber wrote, "Being silent means more than just holding your tongue. It means listening for the softest, most subtle sound of all - the sound of the soul." Last April, I was forced to keep vocally silent for a week after minor surgery on my vocal chords.

Quiet Calm Consideration will Untangle Every Knot

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10 Ways to Embrace the Power of Silence

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Tactic: Silence is Golden When Negotiating

We are not used to quiet. Your cell phone rings and chirps with calls, emails, texts, and social media updates. Your office is a constant whir of people tapping on their keyboard, conversations, and the hum of the ever so pretty fluorescent lights. Your home has the fridge running, the washing machine churning, the dishing...

Solitude: Where Your Life is Waiting

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The One Thing You're Not Doing That Will Completely Boost Your Focus

For many of us, true silence only comes when we close our eyes and turn in for the night. Even when we're "listening," our minds churn an inner dialogue: We're deciding what we'll say next, contemplating the way the speaker's mouth is moving, thinking about what's for lunch.

My Vow of Silence (And Why You Should Try a Silent Vacation)

If you have ever thought about taking a vow of silence and wondered what you might need to consider, then you've landed on the right heli-pad. So let's jump right in, shall we? First things first...Why would anyone want to stop talking?The answer is simple: to awaken awareness.Most of us fall through our days in a kind of trance-like state.

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