From Silence to Stillness: How to Transition from A Life of Chaos to One of Self-Awareness


Hundreds of times, I’ve talked about spiritualism, never mentioning religion or self-help factors like motivational, psychological, or inspirational. Pure spiritualism has always been my forte: spirit, spiritual, spirituality, and spiritualism, and how to become spiritual. Today I shall discuss how to achieve stillness of the mind or, in another way, silence the mind for the soul to speak. From motion to rest, not to slow down but to make the mind dynamic by being focused and centered not wandering here and there. Stilling, the mind’s chatter is crucial when it comes to the subject of spirituality. Three essential aspects are involved.


Silence to Stillness: Know Yourself

The first is to know yourself, or who you are outside of your body and thoughts. It refuses to believe that you are separate from your mind, thoughts, brain, or body. Everything is yours. They are always referred to as my mind, body, hand, eyes, and thoughts. In addition, you can read your mind and its thoughts. So you’re more than your body and thoughts. For this reason, the essence of the subject of spiritualism revolves around self-knowledge, self-discovery, self-experiencing, and self-awakening to self-realize who you are.

Silence to Stillness: Live Existentially

The present moment of ‘now’ is the second factor. How to live existentially from one moment to the next and not be overly concerned with the thoughts of the past and future. It is now where living organisms such as plants and animals dwell from one moment to another. The mind has a specific limitation, which spirituality attempts to correct. To choose between this and that in duality for its likes and dislikes in selfishness, the mind keeps going back to the past, projecting that into the future. It collects information from its memory, evaluates its intellect, and subsequently acts upon selfish thoughts that ignore the present. It means that thoughts originate and first relate to the past and, after that, connect to future thoughts in self-interest. The present moment is left for the spirit to consider in spontaneity.


Silence to Stillness: Achieving Stillness

The third factor is stillness, how to quieten the mind from its random, reckless and repetitive chattering thoughts multitasking into this or that. Like I said before, thoughts are always of the past. We are to still the mind to focus, centralize and concentrate on the subject at hand to make it more dynamic. Hence, we need to silence that chattering mind and present it in the now. Single pointedly contemplating on the subject in the now, spontaneously through its intelligence rather than brood through its intellect primarily for its self-interest. As a result, you capture fresh awareness through your inert intelligence rather than depending upon past awareness from your memory and intellect.

Silence to Stillness: Overcoming Obstacles

The first component is that of knowing oneself. It is that context, the quality and the subject of who you are. After that, we come to the body, brain and mind; the content, quantity or the objective of what you are. All three magical words form the totality of who and what we are as body, mind and soul. The soul provides immediate awareness that guides the mind, which then influences the body’s material and spiritual functioning. The mind in such a manner chooses, identifies, accumulates, and attaches desirously and emotionally to form your personality.

Spiritual role: Mind awakens it to provide insight, creates uniqueness and individuality, remembered even after body and mind are gone. We are more concerned here with the quality of the spirit rather than the quantity of the mind’s random thoughts constantly flowing here and there.

The mind is conditioned for thousands of years of evolution from the past. Even your name, gender, knowledge etc., are obtained from others’ experiences through various channels. You gather everything supplied to you from the outside world and identify it as your knowledge. This knowledge improves your intellect but does not affect the actual self – the soul. The mind is simply storing information in its memory, adding and deleting it without your consent regularly. The soul offers clear awareness for the mind to comprehend, rather than just storing information without true understanding.

Silence to Stillness: Awakening the Soul

I reiterate the mind can only think about the past and future, ignoring the present. It takes time for the mind to think, assess, analyze, and infer. The mind gathers past information from the memory, extracts what it needs, and adds new knowledge gathered from here and there. As a result, it skips over the present and projects the past into the future. The mind can never catch the present because the present moment becomes the past by the time it analyses and infers.


The present is vitally significant in the theme of spirituality to complete the triad of past, present and future, which in turn relies upon the mind’s quietness. Stillness is at the heart of the first two factors because it awakens your actual self to bring the mind to the spontaneity of that existential moment. Mind is yours and the thinking self is not you, but only a bundle of thoughts projecting desires in emotions. For this reason, it is incorrect referring to that as the self because it operates based on duality in relativity, constantly changing as per your whims and fancies. The soul awakens when the mind is silent in the presence of now, indicating you exist in that spiritual beingness, existentially going through a human experience in every present moment.


In Hinduism, every prayer ends with “OM, Shanti Shanti Shanti”. Each Shanti represents shant as silence. The first one denotes silence, the second denotes stillness, and the third convey moksha, or emancipation from the mind through silence. Ending with – Hari Om Tat Sat – the manifest and the unmanifest are the same.

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