Do you believe it to be true that if you can gain control over your tongue, you can control your whole life?
Why not give it a try?
There is an ancient custom called The Noble Silence. There are various definitions of this concept, but I prefer to describe it as “Holding my tongue until I have something to say that is motivated purely by love.” If you would like you can download and print out the FREE printable posters I made, pictured below. Will you join me in practicing a noble silence?
Make your own poster to remind you of The Noble Silence, encouraging yourself and those who see your artwork to speak with love. Paint on canvas, make a mixed media collage, or design your own digital artwork. Be creative and make it personal.
Take your camera to a public place where there is a wide variety of interactions between people. A carnival or shopping mall may serve you well. Turn off your flash so as not to attract attention to yourself, pump up that zoom lens so you do not interfere with your subjects, and take a series of photos of everyday interactions. Focus on conversations and the expressions that accompany them.
As you look over your photos, ask yourself these questions: “How can you tell — without hearing words — the nature of a conversation? What is the ‘look’ and ‘feel’ of LOVE?”
Pick out two most contrasting pictures — one that best demonstrates speaking in love, and one that depicts someone who perhaps should wait until they calm down to speak — someone who would benefit from practicing The Noble Silence themself. Keep this picture in mind, reminding yourself how badly you may look when your words are likewise motivated.
Practice The Noble Silence yourself. Hold your tongue and just listen to conversations. Let love be in your heart, showing in your eyes, and required in your words.
Record snippets of conversation — either with an audio recording or simply by writing down the words. Take special note of the words you say. Analyze each recorded statement for its apparent motive and effect. Was this spoken in love?
Sit in nature and just listen. Although we are the only creatures who use words, most animals use sounds to communicate within and among species. Can you tell what the motivation is for each sound? Can animals “speak with love” to each other?
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