I’m considering taking a vow of silence over the course of about a month. I am a Buddhist, and I was wondering how I could incorporate my vow of silence with my life to be successful. For instance, I talked to my school counselor today, and he said that to be able to do something like this I would have to get enough information to justify my actions for religious reasons. How can I approach my school system with my religious views for my vow of silence? Do any of you have experience with this, and any tips?
Help would be appreciated. Thank you.
@tazrick, firstly you do not need to justify your actions to anyone, especially not staff at your school. but now that’s out the of we can talk about silence. i feel that extended periods of silence are extremely useful, but perhaps not the best place to start. will this be your first foray into an exercise like this? if it is i would suggest biting off a smaller chunk so to speak. i began with taking a silent day one day a week. i would take a notepad with me everywhere and it was basically business as usual. everyone has a different way of relating to you and a notepad which became really interesting and fun. over time i would extend the period to a few days, but eventually it became highly challenging to remain really functional. simple things like buying groceries or ordering a coffee became tumultuous. my initial experiments with silence lasted about six months. having said that, there are people obviously who survive quite well with no verbal communication at all. i feel a strong and understanding support network is key, especially if you are aiming for a whole month. perhaps choosing a month which isnt a school month might be a good idea. that way you will be free to spend your silence i quiet meditation as opposed to listening force fed facts. not to mention the unnecessary negative attention one can get receive at school by doing anything left of centre. but if your determined to do it at school my only advice would be to see it through. i hope some of this has been useful for you. have a great day
@deean, I appreciate the tips. my big problem was integrating it into a long term like a month. I’ve dipped my toes in the water so to speak, by being silent for 1-3 days at a time, and i definitely see potential benefits to sow from the excercise. I just need to be able to incorporate this into every day life without causing strife in situations like school, work, etc.
I think when people take vows of silence, it means zero communication period (i.e writing, facial expressions, gestures, etc.) @tazrick That being said, it would be near impossible to function in school without such communication means.