meditation on holding my tongue  

wickedeasy 67F  
15476 posts
7/2/2006 7:25 am
meditation on holding my tongue

Learning To Be Silent

The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to observe seven days of silence.

On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one of the pupils could not help exclaiming to a servant: "Fix those lamps."

The second pupil was surprised to hear th first one talk. "We are not supposed to say a word," he remarked.

"You two are stupid. Why did you talk?" asked the third.

"I am the only one who has not talked," concluded the fourth pupil.

for me, the essence of this is honor the intent. i felt the slowing of my breath in meditation and the clarity - and then a post from Papyrina brought it home.

why speak of things that mean nothing, when there are around me, all manner of things with great meaning?

listen to the wind

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


7/2/2006 10:31 am

beautiful {=}

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

rm_shannee2006 52F
3355 posts
7/2/2006 12:22 pm

I love the silence. I can spend long days without breaking silence....and I feel so filled with the songs of life around me before the end of the first day that I have no need, no impulse to say a thing because I am too busy listening to the wind...

Lovely post. Makes me yearn for retreat or vision quest.

Yup...this juiciness is from me....


papyrina 51F
21133 posts
7/2/2006 1:17 pm


I'm a

i'm here to stay

ButteryDelight 58F

7/2/2006 10:17 pm

You have a point. My mother used to say..If you don't have anything good to say..don't say anything at all.

Oh yes..and btw, you have been TAGGED..cum for me
*wonders if you are a silent cummer.. *WG


7/3/2006 8:47 am

Great post..I can learn so much from this.. Guilty of talking before I think..

under the stars
We choose to write
you choose what you comprehend.
read twice and be nice
every key stroke... has a heart beat

NGs_lady 64F
762 posts
7/3/2006 9:15 am

Beautiful, But somethings you need to get it out before is festers.

Hugs and Love


rm_gerson42 52M
2419 posts
7/3/2006 12:27 pm

Loved it. In my younger days you could not shut me up, mostly talking about myself. Then I learned to monitor a bit. But the last year or two... meditation and comfort within myself I just don't always have the need to speak at all. Some of my best moments are with someone where we can just sit and not talk.

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