Breathing in Silence

Where's the Spirit?

Fear of Silence

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Are you afraid of silence? Where does that fear stem from? What exactly are we so afraid of? Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that while “We want to share; we want to receive. We busy ourselves all day in an effort to connect.” But what if we chose to sit still in silence, instead? Or perhaps simply breathe. Might we discover a deeper capacity to share and receive? In this blog post, he offers a guided meditation for conscious breathing to try next time you seek connection.

Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in.
Breathing out, I know I’m breathing out.
(In. Out.)
Breathing in, my breath grows deep.
Breathing out, my breath grows slow.
(Deep. Slow.)

Breathing in, I’m aware of my body.
Breathing out, I calm my body.
(Aware of body. Calming.)

Breathing in, I smile.
Breathing out, I release.
(Smile. Release.)

Breathing in, I dwell in the present moment.
Breathing out, I enjoy the present moment.
(Present moment. Enjoy.)
— Thich Nhat Hanh