5 Books To Reflect on the Importance of Silence

We live in a world that can sometimes be too loud. The streets are full of noise, and so are our offices and even our homes. Noise can lead us to feel stressed and it can even cause health problems.

The Woman Post | Catalina Mejía Pizano

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Even though we are tired of the noise, we tend to fear silence because it can connect us with our inner selves, but the truth is silence is important because it can help us explore and listen to our feelings.

You may be wondering what silence is and there is no simple answer. There are two main definitions. One of them describes silence as the absence of sound or noise, while the other mentions that silence can be the space in which sound exists. The Dalai Lama mentioned that silence is always the best answer and Da Vinci said “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” On the other hand, Lao Tzu, mentioned: “silence is a source of great strength.” Whatever your definition of silence, you will be surprised by the many interesting readings that will make you reflect on the subject.

The Woman Post presents some great books to contemplate silence from different angles:

1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

In this book, Susan Cain argues that American society tends to underestimate the value of introverts and offers interesting examples of introverted leaders that are known for their accomplishments in various fields. Cain also explains how introverts and extroverts can make a great team at work!

2. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

This book is Allende’s first novel and it narrates the lives of three generations of the Trueba family. Clara, who is the protagonist, decides to remain silent after the death of her sister, for 9 years. Instead of talking, she explores art, writing, and even her spiritual powers. The reader understands throughout the novel, the importance of silence for connecting with the outer world.


3. Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World by Michael Harris

Solitude is an interesting reading, which leads us to reflect on the paradoxical feeling of solitude that comes from being connected all the time. Time alone has vanished in a digital world in which social media and smartphones, constantly keep us busy. This book explains how being alone is important in the digital age.

4. Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge

Kagge is a Norwegian adventurer who once spent 50 days alone in Antarctica. The book reflects on the importance of silence for self-knowledge and gratitude. This reading will help readers understand why disconnecting from iPhone alerts or noise can lead them to experience stillness and peace. 

5. The Gift of Silence: Finding Peace in a World Full of Noise by Kankyo Tannier

French Buddhist nun, Kankyo Tannier teaches the readers how to effectively use the power of silence to control their thoughts and to feel safe. This book also helps readers to overcome stress and to obtain a sense of fulfillment. The book is based on the ancient Zen philosophies that guide Kankyo’s work.

So what are you waiting to disconnect from the noise of the digital era?

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