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InvisibleMOTH
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A vow of Silence
    #11244710 - 10/14/09 11:02 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I'm starting a Vow of Silence today. I'd like to go for a week or so.  Anyone ever do this experience before? 

What rules did you have?  Did you carry a notepad around just in case you HAD to communicate? 

My goals are to not communicate to anyone.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11244848 - 10/14/09 11:36 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Did you let anybody know you'd be doing this?  Lol.  Some people might not understand and just htink you're pissed/avoiding htem.


Either way - I could never do it (i find it hard to shut up), but I wish you the best of luck, MOTH :thumbup: :heart:


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: memes]
    #11244865 - 10/14/09 11:38 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

do you have a job or go to school? School maybe more understanding, but I dont think that would fly in a job.

Either way, i hope you get whatever you want to get out of it!


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: Youthfuldreams]
    #11244885 - 10/14/09 11:42 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

No...no job, no school.  I am in a total place of limbo.  I'm leaving my marriage and am about to go live with my parents for a few months.  Until then I have nowhere to be, nothing to do...

I want to take advantage of it. 

My biggest struggle will be not communicating online.  I like to type my thoughts.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11244900 - 10/14/09 11:45 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Ive done it before. Most people were bewildered by it. It's easier the less people you are around.
I was never a big talker to begin with so it wasn't much of a stretch.
I usually cracked before it got to a week. After not talking for a while it gets difficult to talk again, I think the vocal chords relax or something.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11246346 - 10/14/09 04:17 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Practicing silence can be good, eventually you will be so silent that even when you speak you will be silent

Theres a silence that once youve realized, you can not ever move away from it, as it is the Self

I've never vowed to be silent, but there are times when someone will talk to me & i simply can not even attempt to speak to them, the silence just swallows me, from inside out

:peace:


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11247138 - 10/14/09 06:12 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

One of my favorite movies: "Vivre se vie"

This scene, "Nana the unwitting philosopher"  Talks about silence and love, and I find it to be very powerful...



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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11248460 - 10/14/09 09:40 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I just watched this TED video which might give you some insight into silence:

http://www.ted.com/talks/john_francis_walks_the_earth.html

This makes me want to take a vow of silence...but it would be almost impossible with school and work. I might just go with absolute minimum communication.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: fazdazzle]
    #11249535 - 10/15/09 12:24 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I've done a vow of silence.  It lasted several weeks.  I was in high school and I answered/asked questions with a white board.  I also answered direct questions.  Just no idle chatter.

good luck


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There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11251179 - 10/15/09 07:34 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I spent two weeks in silence some years ago, but I didn't walk through "normal" life during that time. I kept to myself so that I wouldn't be forced to have interactions. It was a powerful experience, but I imagine that it becomes so much more interesting if you do walk through normal life during the time of silence.

I wish you much gentleness and peace during your week.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: littlebirdie]
    #11252201 - 10/15/09 12:51 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Thanks guys...this may be harder then I thought due to my love of typing on the internet.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: littlebirdie]
    #11252548 - 10/15/09 01:48 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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littlebirdie said:
I spent two weeks in silence some years ago, but I didn't walk through "normal" life during that time. I kept to myself so that I wouldn't be forced to have interactions. It was a powerful experience, but I imagine that it becomes so much more interesting if you do walk through normal life during the time of silence.

I wish you much gentleness and peace during your week.



Same, I kept myself isolated and "out of the picture".


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MisterMuscaria]
    #11252616 - 10/15/09 01:57 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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littlebirdie said:
I spent two weeks in silence some years ago, but I didn't walk through "normal" life during that time. I kept to myself so that I wouldn't be forced to have interactions. It was a powerful experience, but I imagine that it becomes so much more interesting if you do walk through normal life during the time of silence.

I wish you much gentleness and peace during your week.



Same, I kept myself isolated and "out of the picture".





I do like that, feeling like I've "fallen off the face of the Earth."  It's a neat feeling.  Like freedom. 

I tried to start my vow of silence yesterday but I started getting anxious (never realized how socially clingy I am), so I'll just take it one day at a time. 

The attempt at a day of silence made me realize how much I value social interaction.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11252776 - 10/15/09 02:22 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I just watched the TED talk with John Francis. What an incredible and uplifting story. 17 years of self-imposed silence! While he taught school! While he worked for government agencies, walked across the country, became the nation's expert in oil spills. His ultimate act of communication was his ear, his ability to listen.

That's enlightenment, the ability to go so internal that you emerge on the other side of your body, able to consider the person in front of you without the impatient need to vomit your own story into their lap. I don't think I could do it. This conversation is shining a hard light on my own speech motivations. I'm grateful for that.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: littlebirdie]
    #11253495 - 10/15/09 04:07 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I have gone on lone hiking expeditions by myself for days without having a need to talk to anyone. Even then, I found myself talking out loud to myself.

Practicing silence is a great way to show yourself how much bullshit comes out of your mouth. How much spoken is unnecessary. But, if your experience is anything like mine, it will change you forever and there's no going back.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11254567 - 10/15/09 06:39 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I went silent for one month last Spring. My thoughts became so loud by the third week it was kind of frightening.

I worked my way up by being silent one day a week for awhile. It seemed much more powerful than meditation.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: MOTH]
    #11258901 - 10/16/09 12:15 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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MOTH said:

My biggest struggle will be not communicating online.  I like to type my thoughts.




Can you not type if you're taking a vow of silence? I couldn't see this being much more different than writing on a pad of paper.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: walkingeyeball]
    #11259001 - 10/16/09 12:31 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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MOTH said:

My biggest struggle will be not communicating online.  I like to type my thoughts.




Can you not type if you're taking a vow of silence? I couldn't see this being much more different than writing on a pad of paper.




Typing is a less mindful form of writing. There's almost no delay between thought and text. Writing by hand is a much more mindful method.


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Re: A vow of Silence [Re: Fraggin]
    #11260876 - 10/16/09 05:58 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I think part of the vow of silence, is to experience those thoughts/feelings you would normally communicate, in a different way.

The pad of paper wouldn't be communicating feelings to much, as doing necessary translating.

I think typing could be a huge outlet and would offset the efficacy of the practice in the first place.


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