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The AFTER

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Credit Celeste Noche Photography

The last Friday of 2013, I opened my eyes to a very familiar sound: a sound
I had tried to erase from my memory.
Susan Taylor's insight:

Living in Lebanon comes with tremendous stress.  Bombs going off when you least expect it -- killing people and causing destruction.

 

Whether you reside in Lebanon or not, we all have daily stresses.  And after 100 hours of meditation and 300 hours of silence, this blogger passes on to her readers the 6 lessons she has learned:

 

  1. Pain is inevitable
  2. Pain is good
  3. Ninety-nine percent of our thoughts are rubbish
  4. Silence is sometimes a better way
  5. Start with intention (vs. expectation)
  6. The real lesson of listening

 

It is not things, people or even technology to which we are attached.  We are attached to distraction as a way to escape from the here and now -- or pain -- or truth. 

 

How many times do we turn a blind eye to these things which we prefer to avoid?

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The Silent Leader

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When silence is golden
Susan Taylor's insight:

As Mark Twain stated: "The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."

 

A leader who uses silence as a tool or effective strategy can benefit both herself and her employees. There is great power in silence.

 

Here are a few situations when silence can work to a leader's advantage:

 

  1. When you want to learn more about an employee or colleague
  2. When an employee or colleague is distressed
  3. To give your audience an opportunity to process what you've said
  4. When negotiations are going nowhere
  5. When you are angry
  6. When someone is yelling at you

 

 

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A Lesson from Nature: Silence is Golden

A Lesson from Nature: Silence is Golden | Unplug | Scoop.it
Susan Taylor's insight:

City living does not truly allow you to escape the sounds that fill your your day.  Many of us have accepted a life overwhelmed with work, stress, electronic devices and social media.  Because of this, both adults and children have become disconnected from Nature.

 

It seems we have become so entwined with technology that "we fail to reap the benefits of simply playing in a neighbor’s yard, or at the local park, let alone the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors".

 

Mother Nature brings us many gifts, including the gift of silence.  And silence can be healing -- an opportunity to take in the quiet and listen to the world as it was meant to be while at the same time, releasing all the nagging troubles of the world.

 

As one way to unplug, go out into Nature and bask in quietude.  Reconnect your body, mind and soul and feel whole and alive once again.

 

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20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life | Unplug | Scoop.it
I've grown to appreciate silence. It's become my friend and my teacher. Here are 20 ways sitting in silence can completely transform your life.

Via Bobby Dillard, The BioSync Team
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The BioSync Team's curator insight, December 13, 2013 10:20 PM


Sit in silence once a week and feel the truth in your heart.

—Samuel Gentoku McCree


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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:36 AM

This is a good reminder to slow down and be silent even for just a few minutes every day. It sure reduces stress in my life, especially at this HO HO HO time of year.

Michael Wiener's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:30 PM

Instead of watching or doing non-sense things, doing this can have significant positive impact on life.