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Poem-Silence the Mind and Be at Peace-Response to Brenda Arledge’s Word Prompt

I love poetry. I am a voracious reader and am passionate about writing. I have recently started my foray into poetry.

silence is golden

silence is golden

The Power of Silence

Negativity can cause havoc in one's life and affect our physical and mental health. At such times one has to take stock of reality and not give in to imaginary fears and dreadful thoughts. When overwhelmed by unwanted thoughts, it is helpful to silence the mind and try methods like meditation. This can not only relax but heal a troubled mind. Silent introspection can help us find meaning and purpose in everyday life.

Spending even a short time every day in silence increases motivation levels greatly. Physical and mental changes can be observed within a few days of the practice. Creativity flows in silent surroundings, cognitive functions increase, performance and productivity also increase with regular practice of silent contemplation.

Studies have shown that being in a silent environment on a daily basis even for a short time increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, empathy, improves critical thinking and decision-making skills. So, we should make it a point to spend some time every day in silent introspection after a stressful day at work for our physical and mental well-being and overall health and productivity.

Silent Introspection

Silent Introspection

Word Prompts Help Creativity/Week 18 : "Silence"

This poem is in response to Brenda’s word prompt “Silence” for this week. Brenda gives us wonderful word prompts every week. We get a chance to exercise our creative muscle. She is a wonderful poet herself and inspires us with her creative work. As I saw the article about the word prompt on my feed a bit late, I could not deliberate much and have come up with a modest output. We look forward to her word prompts every week and I hope she and my other hubber friends like my response to this week’s word prompt.

When thoughts like waves

Lash on relentlessly


Memories painful

Like rocks on the shore


Undisturbed by the waves

Remain silent and cold

Past seem to merge

With the present


Like the day

With the night at twilight


And the future ahead

is but darkness of the night

Do not lose hope and give up

Do not let this fantasy


Created by your mind

Devour your sanity


And destroy your soul

Fight the fear, anger and despair

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

— Buddha

They are but a fallacy of a troubled mind

Silence those untoward thoughts


And let reality prevail

Make your mind a temple


Where love and kindness dwell

Be at peace with yourself


Meditate in the silence

and seek the divine within.

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

Comments

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on July 03, 2021:

Thanks Swati for the encouraging comments. I am glad you liked my poem. Stay blessed.

Swati Sharma from India on July 02, 2021:

A very beautiful poem given by you.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 28, 2021:

Thanks Pooja. I am glad you liked my poem. Stay blessed.

Pooja momi from Jalandhar on June 28, 2021:

Nice Poem, Ma'am

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 27, 2021:

Thanks Dipankar. I am glad you liked the poem. Have a great day. Stay safe.

Dipankar Mondal from West Bengal, India on June 27, 2021:

Nice poem

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 26, 2021:

Thanks Vanita for the kind comments. Silent introspection, especially early in the morning can keep us calm and productive the whole day. Stay safe, have a great day, and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 26, 2021:

Thanks Rawan for the visit and comments. I am glad you liked my poem. Have a great day, stay blessed.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 26, 2021:

Amazing poem!

Vanita Thakkar on June 26, 2021:

Beautiful poem, Vidyaji. Came upon it and it was great reading it in the morning. Silence indeed helps a lot. Have a nice day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 26, 2021:

Hi Rozlin. Thanks for the kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed reading my poem. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 26, 2021:

Thanks Flourish for the visit and kind comments. I loved the Buddha quote too, when I saw it and so included it in the article. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 26, 2021:

Thanks Chitrangada for the kind comments. Yes there is some issues with the email notification. And when I get the notification, I don't see some articles in my feed, so am not able to comment though I would have read them. I hope it gets resolved soon. Meditation is needed in these stressful times for our physical and mental well being. It is a good thing you have included it as a part of your daily routine. Have a great weekend and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 26, 2021:

Hi Rosina, thanks for your lovely comments. I am glad you enjoyed reading my poem and article. Yes I have also found it soothing to spend some time in silence after a stressful work day. Practicing it regularly improves overall health and wellbeing, psychologists say. Take care, stay safe have a great weekend.

Rosina S Khan on June 26, 2021:

Lovely poem and article, Vidya. I liked the following lines the best in your poem:

Be at peace with yourself

Meditate in the silence

and seek the divine within.

I always crave peace of mind and pin-drop silence for a few moments every day. Thank you for this wonderful article.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2021:

Beautiful thoughts, well expressed in your excellent response to the word prompt challenge.

Nice poem and narration. Your thoughts about silence is so relatable to me. I love to spend some time, in silence and meditation. It’s a part of my daily routine.

I wasn’t able to find this on my feed earlier, but thankfully it appeared now. It seems there is some issue in getting email notifications as well. Sometimes, it’s annoying.

Thank you for sharing this and wish you a happy weekend.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 26, 2021:

This was very serene, and I liked the Buddha quote too.

Rozlin from UAE on June 26, 2021:

Beautiful poem, Vidya. I enjoyed reading your poem. Great response to Brenda's prompt. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and love

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Hi Brenda, thank you so much for the kind comments. I am glad you liked my response to your word prompt. This week like always you gave us a wonderful word prompt. Negative thoughts, mostly doubts and fears can be quite debilitating. They not only affect our peace of mind but our productivity too. Removing negative thoughts from our mind and contemplating in silence on our inner divinity can relieve us from stress and make us calmer. I loved the Buddha quote too. Thanks for posting the link to my article. Keep inspiring us with these wonderful word prompts, stay safe, stay blessed. Have a great weekend.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 25, 2021:

Vidya

Negativity can definitely harm our physical & mental well being.

That is a time when we give into our fears.

Taking time to meditate is good advice.

I like your description of how thoughts grab hold of us.

They won't let go no matter what.

Everything seems to blend together...the past & the present.

But we should keep hope & fight these thoughts to keep our sanity.

"Make your mind a temple

Where love and kindness dwell"

Asking for divine help while we meditate is great advice.

This quote is superb!

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

— Buddha

Great job on this article & poem.

I will post a link in the article.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Thank you dear Misbah for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed reading my post. Yes I agree, inner peace is most important. Meditation is very helpful in the stressful world that we live in. It helps us stay calm and productive. We can face all challenges in life bravely. Stay safe, stay blessed, my friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Hi Bill. Thank you so much for the visit and comments. I am honored, coming from an excellent writer like you. I am so glad you like it. Your kind comments motivate me to write. Have a great weekend and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Thanks Pamela for the generous comments. Since I created it at the last moment I was wondering if you would all like it. I am so glad you liked the post. Yes a few minutes of silent introspection every day is very beneficial to our health and well being, in these stressful times. I try to practice it as often as possible and it certainly has made me calmer. Have a great weekend and stay blessed, dear friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Hi Manatita, welcome back, missed your comments all these days. Hope you are doing fine. Thanks for the kind comments. Much appreciated. Yes Manatita, I do love children. Have a great weekend and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Thanks Peggy for the visit and kind comments. Much appreciated. Yes we live in a busy, stressful world. Practicing silent introspection regularly is necessary for our physical and mental health. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Hi John, thank you so much for the kind comments. Actually I saw the article on word prompts by Brenda, only two days back in my feed and created this article and poem at the last minute. I am happy you liked my response. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Thanks Audrey for the visit and kind comments. Much appreciated. I agree with you. I practice it too and it has helped me tide over many stressful situations. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 25, 2021:

Thanks Nithya for your kind comments. Practicing contemplation just by sitting in a silent space, emptying the mind of all thoughts has helped me to be calm even in stressful situations. Making it a habit can be very helpful in the long run. Take care. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 25, 2021:

Silence is soothing and calming especially in today's chaotic world. Great introduction and poem in response to Brenda's word prompt.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 25, 2021:

I enjoyed your introduction and poem. I practice periods of "silence" each day and learn from them. I think silence gives us great strength.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2021:

Both your introduction and poem are beautiful. Excellent response to Brenda’s challenge, Vidya.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2021:

I definitely think that moments of silence are necessary in this all-too-busy world of ours.

manatita44 from london on June 25, 2021:

Beautiful poem and you show much love for the children. Om Shanti!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 25, 2021:

I think what you said is so important, Vidya. I loved your poem and the message. I too think it important to have at least a few minutes of silence every day.

Thank you for sharing this lovely poem, and really everything in your article.

Blessings to you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 25, 2021:

I love the message, Vidya. The fact that it is delivered by fine poetry makes it all the more a treat. Very good writing, my friend.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 25, 2021:

Wonderful piece of writing, Vidya. I enjoyed reading your article and the poem as well. Silence helps to create self awareness. Meditation is all about silence and listening to our inner self. All we need is inner peace, no? Beautiful response to Brenda's Prompt. I like the quotes as well. Keep writing!!! Stay safe and healthy

Many Blessings and Love

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