Silence and Christmas seem like mutually exclusive words in this stressed out, rushing, overloaded consumer culture in which we dwell.
Silence is not given much of a platform in our society.
It makes us uncomfortable.
It makes us restless.
It feels like it lacks purpose. Meaning.
But maybe the secret to noticing moments of meaning lies in the silent spaces. Maybe if we are silent long enough, we’ll give our true selves time and space to begin to emerge.
There’s truth to the phrase “pregnant pause”. Lifes’ pauses, or silences, can be pregnant with meaning if we are still long enough to hear them.
I love love love this quote from Irish poet Michael Longley, interviewed on the podcast OnBeing:
“If you don’t have anything to say, say nothing. Silence is part of the enterprise.” ~ Michael Longley
I’ve written less on here lately, for a number of reasons. One small part of the reason is that often the internet just feels like shouting to me.
And I don’t want to join in with more meaningless noise.
I want there to be a reason for saying what I say.
And so sometimes saying nothing is as good as saying something.
It’s a busy time of year to be contemplating silence, I know.
But what better time to force ourselves to carve out moments of space amidst the noisy, chaotic lives that we create for ourselves.
I can tell you that it’s possible, and your body and soul will thank you for it.
Wishing you all moments of silence this Christmas time,