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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Silence

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The power of silence

Most of us don't know - or even fear - quiet. A ritual of practising meditative silence is where you abstain from speaking for a set period each day.

Learning to be silent forces you to collect your thoughts, train your mind and helps you decide how you want to proceed into the day...

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The rule is to keep complete silence for 60- minutes with no outside distractions. Keep a pen and journal at hand and a book you've meant to read for a while.

Break the hour up into three segments:

  1. The first 30 minutes: Goal setting

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Break the first 30 minutes of complete silence up into 10-minute sets:

  • The first 10 minutes is spent in writing your short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals.
  • Dedicate the next 10 minutes to assessing your progress on the goals of the previous day.
  • Use the last ten ...

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During the second part of complete silence, start reading a book that teaches you new things or improves you.

  • Spend the first 10 minutes reading a chapter of your book.
  • Use the next 10 minutes to write down a summary of what you've just read.

Reading this way will a...

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The last 10 minutes of silence is a grounding process. Use it for self-reflection.

The objective is to be present and pay attention to your emotions and what those feelings mean to you. This allows you to mindfully choose to stay out of negativity.

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