Art of Well Being - Practice Silence

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  • 1. Say affirmations, such as "Silence is golden. My mind, body, heart, and soul are now at peace.“ 2. Explain to your family and friends you desire and have them respect your time.
  • Art of Well Being - Practice Silence

    1. 1. Art of Well Being<br />Practice Silence<br />Maywald Jesudass<br />
    2. 2. Noisy World<br />In search of Silence amidst chaos<br />
    3. 3. Hans Jean Arp <br />a German – French sculptor, painter and poet says,<br />“Soon Silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.” <br />
    4. 4. Practice Silence<br />Most of us know how to say nothing; few of us know when to let our silence speak louder. C. Krosky<br />The Practice Of Silence has to do with every part of our system. There is a silence of the body, silence of the mind and silence of the heart.Until all these are tranquilized, we can not know what true silence is.<br />Silence is much more than the absence of sound; it is the autonomous pre-existing entity in which God creates. It is the source to which all words return to attain true meaning. <br />
    5. 5. Practice Silence – 7 Reasons<br />Silence enables one to see the beauty of the things that is around and within us. <br />Silence allows us to develop gratitude - for the opportunities, for the possibilities, for the abilities n disabilities, etc. <br />Silence clears the path for strength, optimism and fulfillment.<br />Silence enables one to connect to his/her original creative potential <br />Silence allows us to question and comprehend God’s purpose for our life <br />Silence enables us to let go of bad thoughts and put them into a different place in our mind <br /> Silence is the most powerful tool of speech. <br />Silence is an action. It often speaks louder than words. <br />
    6. 6. How to Practice Silence?<br />Set aside 10 to 30 minutes for silence and meditation. Make an intention to benefit spiritually from observing silence.<br />Remove distractions. Turn off your radio, television, computer and cell phone. Create a suitable atmosphere. <br />Assume a comfortable position and close your eyes. Focus on your breath and return to your breathing if your mind fills with chatter.<br />During Inhalation - Imagine your self filling with love and light. Allow your thoughts, feelings and subtle movements to be transformed into pure, positive energy and purposeful silence.<br />During Exhalation - Release your will. Visualize any harmful attitudes, beliefs or self-destructive patterns exiting your body.<br />Stay silent, relaxed and receptive as long as you can. <br />Record random insights, divinely guided messages or inspired ideas in your journal.<br />
    7. 7. Messages of Silence -Listening Ear<br /><ul><li>Our ability to be quiet may confirm that we are intensely interested in what is being said.
    8. 8. It can also show that we have great integrity and will not be brought into conversations that could be harmful.
    9. 9. Silence is often misunderstood for guilt. </li></li></ul><li>Messages of Silence – Unspoken Words<br />Silence allows us to keep a secret, to serve as a peacemaker, and to learn the deeper meaning about what is being said.<br />Silence is not the same as not talking. Rather, it is a deep presence within a person, a presence that shapes not only every word but also every movement and every gesture.<br />Some say that the ignorant are silent <br />
    10. 10. <ul><li>Math. 26 : 63 – </li></ul>“But Jesus kept silent”<br /><ul><li>Mark 15 : 5 </li></ul>“But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.”<br /><ul><li>Silent when you are on trail ... when accused? Not easy. But ...
    11. 11. Silence convicted Pilate
    12. 12. Pilate knew the Truth – wanted to Free Jesus
    13. 13. Silence provoked the Jewish leaders</li></ul>Power of Silence<br />
    14. 14. Heaven’s Response to Silence<br /><ul><li>Silence empowered Jesus to accomplish his mission.
    15. 15. Silence enabled Jesus to go through the humiliating experience ... to stay focused on eternity.
    16. 16. When we remain silent heaven responds with loud action – Jesus rose again.
    17. 17. Heaven notices silent tears ... Prayers ... Hopes ... Dreams</li></li></ul><li>The Small Rag picker <br />* More than a decade ago ... <br /><ul><li> I was in a bakery ... Friday afternoon
    18. 18. As the baker served others, I noticed a small boy – a rag picker carrying a huge sack
    19. 19. Seeing the bakery he came in and was looking for something
    20. 20. He found the water jug placed in a corner for people like him
    21. 21. As he quenched his thirst he looked at people eating delicious stuffs
    22. 22. I began a conversation with him ...
    23. 23. Asked him if he wanted something to eat. He ate his full.
    24. 24. Went away with a smile ... Fulfilled dreams
    25. 25. If a fallen man can notice the desires/dreams of others and act, Don’t you think God is interested in your Hopes and dreams??? </li></li></ul><li>Nothing Goes Unnoticed by our God ... <br />He that keeps you neither slumbers nor sleeps. Ps. 121 <br />
    26. 26. Breaking the Silence<br />“For evil to prevail it only requires the silence of good men.” <br />Professor from Germany<br />
    27. 27. The religious freedom we enjoy today is coz Martin Luther set out to correct the errors. His philosophy of SCRIPTURE ONLY is adopted by many Churches as their fundamental belief. <br />What if these men were silent??<br />History records that Mahatma chose not to be silent. He walked the length and breath of India and told the truth to the masses. <br />The truth he told the millions was, you don’t have to be ruled by foreigners. You can rule yourself. <br />Martin Luther Junior King spoke against segregation and refused to be considered lower than other humans. <br />Four decades later, Americans proved that people will not be judged by colour but by their character. <br />
    28. 28. SPEAK when abused. <br />SPEAK against abuse. <br />Tolerating abuse will lead to more abuse. <br />Know your rights. Stand up for your rights. <br />“Oppression can only survive through silence.”<br />Carman de Monteflores<br />
    29. 29. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”<br />Martin Luther King Jr. <br />
    30. 30. Silence & Knowing God<br />“Be still and know that I am God” Ps. 46 : 10 <br /><ul><li>Silence is a state in which you become aware – you begin to Know
    31. 31. God knows you ... Your needs, dreams ... He has numbered your hair.
    32. 32. Come into His presence in silence & get to know Him.
    33. 33. You will witness His power, understand His ways and be drawn into His steadfast love. </li></ul>“Converse with men makes sharp the glittering wit, But God to man doth speak in solitude.” John Stuart Blackie <br />
    34. 34. Silence & Seeing God<br />“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” <br />Ex. 14:13<br />* Silence opens your spiritual eye enables you to See. <br />* As you see Him you will remain silent ... You will not panic or act ... You will allow Him to fight your battles. <br />Those who have learnt to see God , see everything … everybody through His eyes. <br />
    35. 35. <ul><li>An atheist was on his deathbed.
    36. 36. His daughters Pastor suggested to him that he read the Bible n Pray at least now.
    37. 37. Knowing this won’t make a difference he tried both. </li></ul>Relationship with God is<br /><ul><li>The Bible spoke to him. He spend much time in prayer.
    38. 38. His room was filled with peace, his face radiant.
    39. 39. The pastor asked him, What do you pray? You’ve never been to the Church?
    40. 40. He shyly replied, I don’t know what to say n ask. I just stay in His presence ... spend time with Jesus. </li></li></ul><li>Practice Silence<br /><ul><li>Learn to speak without words
    41. 41. Allow God to Act & Speak
    42. 42. Use Words to protect and preserve
    43. 43. At least for Ten Minutes a Day connect with Him in Silence
    44. 44. Silence gives me greater comprehension … Transforms unspoken words to action … Unleashes power of earth and heaven. </li>

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