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I think that silence can be a very powerful practice and I thought it would be interesting to explore how we can use it. It seems particularly relevant given the busy and noisy environments that many of us live in.
I've spent a lot of time in silence on retreat, and it can have a remarkable effect over time. Not just in terms of calming the mind, but also becoming aware of other people in a deeper way. Maintaining silence on a retreat forces you to be much more aware of other people and their needs. So for example at breakfast you don't say "Pass the jam", you rely on others to be aware that you might want some jam on your toast! After a while you just know what people are thinking and feeling and what they need.
I've led a number of silent day retreats. Mostly in a Buddhist context, although as I've mentioned here I recently led a "Quaker Quiet Day". There they do "silent worship" instead of meditation, but perhaps the two activities are not so different anyway.