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The Power of Silence: How Quiet Moments Influence Reflective Writing

If we leave multiple tabs open on a computer, the monitor glitches. Our brain functions similarly. When we have numerous thoughts at the same time, we lose cohesiveness. Our thoughts become tangled, ideas become warped, and all that remains is an exhausted pile of creativity running on fumes. It becomes nearly impossible to form one tangible opinion in a single moment. What is possible, though, is the art of prioritizing one singular thought or idea among the millions popping up in a single moment. By keeping our input minimal, we achieve a more cohesive output without crashing our mental 'device.'

In modern times, finding some cohesiveness from the unintelligible cacophony becomes increasingly complex. External influences and our lack of self-confidence dim our ability to prioritize our thoughts. As passive learning gains favor, humankind's introspective nature slowly erodes, taking our creativity with it. The 'tranquil' space required for introspection and creativity gets lost in the fast-paced, noisy world. Yet, it is in these quiet moments that the most fantastic ideas form. "Shower thoughts," a famous analogy, speaks for itself; the power that tranquility has for creating ideas. 

Within these peaceful moments, we often find the inspiration and clarity required for reflective writing. Reflective writing, a deeply personal form of self-expression and introspection, allows individuals to explore their thoughts and emotions. Reflective writing is often used in journals, personal essays, and therapeutic practices. Isn't it late into the night, in the quiet of a slumbering world, when our minds become generous with thoughts and feelings?

Silence is the canvas upon which reflective writing paints its most vivid pictures. Creating a space for silence in our lives allows us to distance ourselves from the constant chatter of the outside world and delve into the recesses of our minds. This chatter isn't solely the voices of others but can also be the noise within our own minds. We often view things with bias, sometimes judgment, and lose mindfulness. Over two centuries ago, William Wordsworth wrote "emotion recollected in tranquility." Through his poems like "Tintern Abbey," we understand that this 'tranquility' is not merely a state of quiet but also a state of unbiased retrospection. Coleridge and Wordsworth believed that one could create poetry only when they observed a narrative by distancing or isolating themselves from personal knowledge.

Another take on the power of silence can be a more direct interpretation—when left in a tranquil place, the human mind can create the most reflective pieces of work. These books deal with complex emotions and personal experiences. Silence provides a safe space to process these emotions, allowing us to confront and understand them more effectively. Uninterrupted by outside voices, reflective writing permits us to explore our beliefs, values, and personal growth over time.

Embracing silence opens the door to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us, allowing our reflective writing to flourish with insight and meaning. While we cannot make the world go quiet, we can train our minds to find the serene place needed to think and create words. For eons, authors, poets, musicians, and artists have sought quiet countrysides, hilltops, or even the cocoons of mountains to meditate their minds into a calm state for creative expression. If it cannot be scenic, a hidden nook or the open terrace could offer the serenity you seek. So, take a moment, embrace the silence, and let your inner thoughts flow onto the page.


William Wordworth, "Preface to the Lyrical Ballads"










Written by Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Manik Chaturmutha