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Peace Treaty of the Valley of Silence 
21st-Jan-2008 02:51 pm
First Part
Abram Ryan referred to walking "down the valley of silence" (which is where this short article got its title). A long-known technique for picking up some peace in one's day is to take 5-15 minutes to sit and be silent and still. No TV, no music, no news, just try and quiet one's mind and make still one's body. I think you'd be surprised at the difference this can make in your daily life.

The personal benefits that a few minutes of silence can add to one's life is irreplaceable.

I'm not suggesting meditating or counting or breathing exercises or anything, just take some time out to sit and be still. Try to quiet your racing mind and heart, maybe look out a window or sit in the dark or something relaxing and still - that is simply just sitting. It may help your blood pressure, too. (You may have to tell your family what you are doing so they know not to disturb you for a while, if they are inclined to help.)

Personally, I've have some pretty great ideas pop into my head during these little quiet times (although, admittedly, I don't get one in every day).

That's the easy (and most important) part of this proposed "peace treaty."

Second Part
The second part of the treaty is to be quiet - that is, to not complain (at least as much).

Very often, many people complain. A lot. Some don't realize how often they complain until they stop for a day. Some find it very hard to stop for a day.

Others complain a lot and find themselves discouraging - they know they complain a lot and don't like that they do. It means other people have to listen to their complaints and also that they themselves are focusing on their complaints. It can bother some people. It makes the world less peaceful.

Not to say that there isn't anything wrong with the world, but to try and change it instead of complain about it, or to try and figure out a different way of dealing with a situation or a person, may serve to make your day more peaceful! It may make someone else's day more pleasant, too.

Sometimes, bad stuff just happens - like a paper you spent all night typing gets wet, or your computer freezes and you lose some work. There's a difference between talking about bad things that happened and complaining about them - I'm not suggesting don't talk about them if you choose to or for you to pretend they didn't happen.

So I challenge you to try and not complain about anything for the rest of today. Just today, just to see if you can do it. If a complaint crosses you, just try and silence your mind, try and not say it. Or whatever you can do to comfortably "let it go." (Sometimes you can't, but just keep your goals in mind - don't beat yourself up or start complaining about yourself.)

If you can't or don't want to, then the first part of this "treaty" - taking a moment out for some down time - is a great start towards peace, too. It can be a monumental leap. Downtime, quiet time, is very important for people to have in their day.

Admittedly, silence is a strange thing to "evangelize." But it might help to remind someone to take some time out to be quiet, so if you want some links, here they are.


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