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Silence – Save Your Breath and Live Longer!
“Silence is the practice of the science of self-healing even if one is not impelled by a strong spiritual urge. Let us look at it this way. What is speech, physically speaking ? Place your open palm in front of the lips and speak a few sentences. You will find that speech comes in the form of erratic bursts of breath. Speech is jerky breath. It means that when we speak our entire internal system is being jerked, the lungs, the heart, the blood pressure, navel centre, and diaphragm muscle (the chief breathing organ of the body), not to speak of the mind itself. Quite rightly, then, when we want someone to stop talking we say in English : Save your breath ! Don’t waste your breath!
Silence is the art of longevity. The human life span is not measured in years; it is measured in the number of breaths allotted karmically. How long would one live? It all depends on how quickly, by fast and jerky breathing, one may choose to spend out one’s allotment. Or one may spend it slowly and invest a major portion to cultivate even a deeper silence, to have yet more to invest.” Swami Veda Bharati
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“As our meditation practice deepens,
we are much less caught in words. Capable of practicing silence, we are
free as a bird, in touch with the essence of things…. To practice
mindfulness of speech, sometimes we have to practice silence. Then we can
look deeply to see what our views are and what internal knots give rise to
our thinking. Silence is a time for looking deeply.