How can we create spaces of creative silence in our busy networked lives? Silence allows us to be in touch with our inner selves, to hear the prompting of our soul. Silence gives us the chance to sense, and participate in, the universal rhythm. Silence is important not just when we meditate.

 However, I can be harmful through silence. If I fail to speak up when something needs to be said or someone needs to be defended, then I have responsibility for the harmful consequences of that silence. I can also “wound” another person by withdrawing into silence as a punishment.

 Try this for a week: Each day notice one time when you feel particularly centered or “in the flow.” Surround that moment with a few seconds of shining silence and see how you feel.