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The Wisdom and Folly of Silence

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Photo Credit: (c) 2018 LMRNeas
I love the early morning when the sun is barely up and the world around me is still sleeping. The quiet rings in my ears, which I suppose means there isn't quiet, but the daily sounds of cars, planes, motors of all sorts and the chatter of people is not present. During this time of day, I can gather my thoughts in prayer, in meditation and for writing.
There are so many words of wisdom that center around silence, that it must be very important. For example: Silence is golden. - ProverbYour silence will not protect you. - Audre Lorde Silence is the speech of love, The music of the spheres above. -Richard Henry StoddardSilence is the language of God, all else is poor translation. - RumiHowever, silence can also be a folly. When there is injustice, silence is a form of complicity. When there is abuse, oppression, or cruelty, silence perpetuates the offence. 
"For everything there is a season." How true!  There is a time for silence - for instance,…

Taking a Fast from Social Media

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Photo: (c) 2018 LMRNeas
Inspired by my daughter, I took a social media fast this week. I have to admit, while I thought it would be difficult to stay away from Facebook and Instagram, it wasn't. In fact, I found it surprisingly easy, once I set my mind to it.
After the week was over, (I fasted from Sunday to Saturday) I wondered if it had done anything for me. Here's what I learned.  I slept better.  Solid uninterrupted 7 hours!I was less anxious and sad.I could think clearer. (For a writer/teacher, this is SO important!)As I am prone to do, I researched to see if anyone else found this to be true. Sure enough, there are hundreds of articles about the benefits of fasting from social media.  Mainly, they all say the same things.  Staying off social media enables you to connect with reality...pure and simple! I have often written about staying away from the news, especially if one has any type of anxiety issues. The constant barrage of negativity feeds anxiety and creates more probl…