Silence is one of the spiritual disciplines.

The second year of university I had changed schools. I lived at home to save much money. I knew no one. It was a silent year. I don’t think that is a discipline.

I can attend a reception or gathering, stand aside, and say nothing. I don’t think that is the discipline. [Although if someone asks a question of a topic with which I’m knowledgeable, I can talk for a long time.]

I come to my chair, cushion, or walking path intending silence in order to hear God. And I do this with a degree of regularity—that is the discipline.

If I’m on social media or at a gathering and someone spouts strong political or social views and I restrain my fingers or tongue from responding, that is a discipline.

Intention. Strength. Listening.

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