Chapter 3: Silence and Stillness ● all cultivate the capacity for tolerating stillness and create the spaciousness for soul. ● But silence itself can nourish the human spirit, and we should explore its value as a separate gateway. ● Noise, speed, and unceasing interaction define modern life for most children. Overstimulation becomes the norm for the child's nervous system. ● "Silence produces peace," ● skills. Brief periods of silent reflection allow us to sift and sort our feelings, thoughts, and sensations. ● ‘Down time’ rich opportunity for consolidating learning and memory. ● Periods of silent reflection are essential to goal-setting and decision-making exercises or for self-inventory activities designed to identify and strengthen components of personal identity. 43. ● Before offering solitude as a potential balm or catalyst for soul, we can explore with young people first the negative meanings of being alone in our culture. ● we must ensure that we are not using silence or solitude to induce shame or isolation.
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