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Being Silent

When you think about the idea of being silent, it doesn’t seem like such a difficult thing to do at first. It isn’t until you really try to be silent that you realize the irony of remaining silent. Once you stop actually talking, every other part of your body starts to get louder and louder. Silence requires you to look deep inside yourself and analyze all your feelings, emotions, and your past and present. Memories that seem so distant and almost forgotten suddenly resurface and your only option is face them and reflect on them. During the first couple of days, silence was a daunting place filled with depressing memories and emotions. It was at this point that I first began to have doubts about the psychological benefits of silence. But the next day when we met with our Kempo, he said one thing that really changed my perception on silence. He said that the key to achieving inner peace is that we must control our minds rather than letting our minds control us. This short, yet profound statement made me reflect on my brief period of silence and recognize the true power our mind holds; the mind is truly the personification of our existence and being.