“The first virtue is to restrain the tongue. He approaches nearest to
the gods who knows how to be silent.”
The Younger Cato
Why is silence considered the first virtue? Perhaps it is because we live in a dominantly noisy world. Not only do we talk too much… but our minds are incessantly and automatically thinking… and thoughts are also noise. The only break we get is when we are sleeping and since dreaming is sleep-time thinking… we have very little silence within a 24 hour day.
Within our relative reality… noise is the default dominant polarity and there is always an excess of it. But… wholeness is proportional to relative balance which is created through an emphasis of the non-dominant polarity. Thus… silence is of paramount importance and becomes the first virtue. Without its emphasis we remain fragmented and limited.
This week… let us endeavor to cultivate more silence within our 24 hour day. It’s really very easy because the interior polarity of our being is always silent. We must simply focus our awareness upon it and balance it to the exterior world around us. It is this focus on balance that is termed wakefulness and it must be cultivated if we are to experience wholeness and life fulfillment.
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