There was an uplifting item on the Today programme this morning about the healing power of silence which is well worth a listen.
Graham Turner, author of the just-published book The Power of Silence and Sister Anne Morris, deputy director of St Bueno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre were interviewed about how taking a short time to live in silence has very positive effects on mental and physical health.
Having been in silent retreats myself, I can vouch for the extraordinary healing power of being completely quiet. It’s not an easy experience because I think we are tuned to noise in our daily lives, and its absence reveals the busyness of our minds.
But the effect of even a five-day silent retreat stays with you long after you re-enter the world of noise. It is a wonderful experience.
You can hear the interview here.