The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fifty-Six

Those who know do not talk
Those who talk do not know

Close the mouth
Shut the doors
Blunt the sharpness
Unravel the knots
Dim the glare
Mix the dust
This is called Mystic Oneness

They cannot obtain this and be closer
They cannot obtain this and be distant
They cannot obtain this and be benefited
They cannot obtain this and be harmed
They cannot obtain this and be valued
They cannot obtain this and be degraded
Therefore, they become honored by the world

                                                                          Lao Tzu

Speaking is not the only way to demonstrate your understanding of an issue. Patience, mindfulness and listening are often greater indicators of mastery and certainty. Understanding something and resisting the urge to speak about it is not so much a way of quietly knowing as it is a way of honoring the power and strength of Silence.

Lao Tzu is suggesting that we listening more than we speak. In choosing to remain silent when the urge to speak (fix) is tugging at you, can in fact, create a space around you that is felt by others to be safe, wise, and reassuring. Words can often become a distraction to the message you want to convey.

 

 

 

 

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