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December 28 2013

Silence and Meditation

Category:  Ask Deepak


Dear Deepak, I just started applying 7 spiritual laws of success and I’m feeling the change in me. What is the difference between meditation and practicing silence? Until now I was thinking that both are the same please tell me difference.


Meditation is a reliable means of contacting the silence of our inner self. Practicing silence can mean almost anything depending upon the state of consciousness of the person in question. For some rare individuals it can be simply closing the eyes and connecting to silent awareness beyond thought and mind. For most people it be closing the eyes and thinking about silence in the midst of thinking other thoughts. But thoughts of silence are still mental activity and not actual silence or stillness. Without a traditional technique like meditation, that takes the mind beyond itself, silence is usually just another thought, not a transcendent experience.


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  • Meditation is indeed a traditional technique which leads one to Silence....the mysterious State of Being. It is, since long realised that, the State of Silence is not all that is a source of Knowledge, Wisdom and Freedom...leading spontaneously, with simultaneous and connected creative actions furthering Growth and Evolution....the greatest Mystery is, it is a mysterious seat of Causeless Cause of all is a timeless movement in Love. This mysterious State can also be realised and Be It, when one explores by asking question Who Am I ? ...and freedom from the known and through negation of seeking certainty and continuity of all perceptions both sensory and non sensory.

    Visweswer // 2013-12-29 02:44:08 // //
  • So what? .... Just another thought can also mean just another inspiration that will result in a fulfilling deed. The being can choose to be AND to do......... BeDoBeDoBeDoBeDo like Frank Sinatra sang and Amit Goswami explained in his book about quantum reality.

    heartphone // 2013-12-28 09:10:03 // //



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    Shelley // 2014-01-21 09:12:09 // //
  • I can teach how to feel the silence every day, to quiet ones thoughts you have to understand them, and see why you are thinking them, this is not a healing that lasts a week, this is something that will stay with you for life,and i have achieved so much, since learning this skill. It is for every person, do not think, I am beyond help, If you want to change you life to one of peace and love i have the key.If you can see that all people are connected to a divine force then, what I only hear is the knowledge that comes through it. but do not worry if you do not believe in a all seeing all knowing,the outcome is the same the power is in you,the best knowledge of what i teach comes from religion, but i am not of religion, but I show you what we all miss from it that can lead us to the right path.I am well aware of the law of attraction but this is only the start. fill free to email;

    dan // 2014-01-14 04:53:10 // //
  • Practicing silence is a very powerful tool to add to your practice. Mediation can be a short lived moment, where a whole day or even weekend can be a different experience. I wrote about my exeperience here and you can purchase practicing silence stickers here to help let loved ones and people around you know that you are in silence.

    WhimYoga // 2014-01-03 14:32:50 // //
  • Silence is dialing down the volume of self talk.Meditation is muting the world

    godwin // 2014-01-02 23:07:09 // //
  • sirr you giving way to happinee but ar you realyyy happyyyyy

    Merve Aslan // 2014-01-01 08:29:40 // //
  • Happy nu yr Gita and family mum and mona

    Vaishali Mona Verma // 2013-12-31 17:12:30 // //
  • there is no silence even if you practice silence...the universe is full of noice....

    Andreas Mavrostomos // 2013-12-30 23:58:46 // //
  • Respected Mr. Deepak Chopra. Thanks a lot till 2013. Thanks for inspiring in many ways. I wish and pray Human Beings get connected to Meditation and Silence and Prayers for Quality Cosmic Consciousness as soon as possible. Pranam to You Sir and Earth Friend.

    Dr.B.M.Sharma // 2013-12-30 22:18:34 // //
  • سال نو مبارک.برایتان سلامتی وآرامش آرزودارم. شمانویسنده محبوب من هستید.

    Elham Goodarzy // 2013-12-30 11:13:03 // //
  • Happy new year wish you all the best in your life

    Fjer Abdullah // 2013-12-30 09:16:33 // //
  • silence is the door thourgh which we enter the room of meditation.

    Amit Kumar // 2013-12-30 08:47:36 // //
  • y permanecer en silencio es meditar y observar hacia nuestro alrededor

    Arcelia Arrieta // 2013-12-30 02:17:21 // //
  • que bonita foto deepack , yo siento que el silencio forma parte de nuestro ser interior nuestra alma y el poder tener un contacto con el universo con el infinito atrayendo a nuestro ser fisico ese gran canal de energia envolviendonos en paz y armonia hacia nosotros mismos

    Arcelia Arrieta // 2013-12-30 02:16:15 // //
  • En tu respuesta a esa pregunta debe haber más sabiduría.

    Alba Mathilde Perez Riaño // 2013-12-30 00:11:22 // //
  • It's the same thing...being still within. When still within I can hear my higher self as well as be the silent observer at the same time. Does it matter if we make a distinction between the two? It only meaning assigned to words. Where my mind is attached to a certain definition, I close it off in other possible meanings. The mind needs these definitions to keep itself attached to an ideal and thereby ensure it's survival.. Facing the fear that the mind is nothing is the greatest fear. ;-)

    Jeanice Chandler // 2013-12-30 00:10:37 // //
  • Meditation is putting our attention only on one thing. We can keep silence while engaging in various thoughts.

    Narayanan Adiyodi // 2013-12-30 00:00:26 // //
  • good

    Aizaz Khalid Qureshi // 2013-12-29 23:01:35 // //
  • Follow an exploration into the Truth, where all your questions no matter how thought provoking or challenging can, and will be answered. Join me in my endeavor:

    God`s Metaphor // 2013-12-29 20:24:17 // //
  • Meditation is the observation of the mind. Practicing silence does not necessarily come with the same criteria.

    Hammond Scott // 2013-12-29 18:55:08 // //
  • The Spirit...

    ArtsGodiatelie Arts // 2013-12-29 18:35:42 // //
  • LIKE!

    Linda Wiley // 2013-12-29 17:56:52 // //
  • Medatation is no mind but silence is not...

    Deniz Ağgül Güler // 2013-12-29 17:07:18 // //
  • Not much

    Sharon Creger // 2013-12-29 16:44:13 // //

    Juan Destren // 2013-12-29 16:21:18 // //
  • is there a vid like this without the translator? good subject, but time-consuming presentation.

    Alicia Dane // 2013-12-29 15:57:14 // //
  • A good question...

    Heinrich Emrich // 2013-12-29 14:38:04 // //
  • To think on something , to try not to.;/

    Barbara Kathlyn Jones // 2013-12-29 14:25:48 // //
  • Tell it?

    Sujata Dm // 2013-12-29 14:24:55 // //
  • In that silence of meditation we listen to God...Practicing silence may set the stage for unfoldment of the spirit to listen to the infinite wisdom that comes to the quiet moments....

    Glenda Addington Elmer // 2013-12-29 14:13:29 // //
  • meditating we try to free ourselves from thoughts while practicing silence our thoughts are, still, there.

    Mariette Sc // 2013-12-29 13:59:52 // //

    Rajee Rajindra Narinesingh // 2013-12-29 13:47:02 // //

    Rajee Rajindra Narinesingh // 2013-12-29 13:46:44 // //
  • It seems to me that the real distinction is between experiencing silence verses thinking about silence.

    ga // 2013-12-29 13:26:56 // //
  • thank you!!!

    Cristina Sanchez // 2013-12-29 13:12:25 // //
  • i'm sure god didn't mean unbalance

    Leslie Grace Swiednicki // 2013-12-29 11:58:25 // //

    Leslie Grace Swiednicki // 2013-12-29 11:55:41 // //
  • keeping silence makes me cool (just as like meditation)......

    Zitu Chowdhury // 2013-12-29 11:49:58 // //
  • Encouraging.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-12-29 10:57:04 // //
  • Love that room, Deepak...

    Jennifer Hulford // 2013-12-29 10:35:58 // //
  • Hard to say!Much hard to understand the diference!

    Oana Murarasu // 2013-12-29 09:30:26 // //
  • i practice silence.i dont like to hurt the other with the same offensice words. is that ok?

    Daniela Curcio Berg // 2013-12-29 08:50:56 // //
  • Right question

    Afkham Ahvanuei // 2013-12-29 08:45:31 // //
  • i used to plan to live

    Leslie Grace Swiednicki // 2013-12-29 08:02:28 // //
  • The reason to meditate is to attain stillness. Silence is just not speaking.

    Elizabeth Melies // 2013-12-29 07:27:46 // //
  • Meditation is when you clear your mind to connect to a higher source or power...Practicing silence is when you try to shut out the noises of this world for the sake of inner peace

    JeanClaude Doger de Speville // 2013-12-29 07:22:50 // //
  • Practicing silence is a way to stop the involuntary thought processes , and the continuous monologues. Meditation, however, involves listening to these voices impartially, and being a witness of our thoughts;with practice, this sort of meditation would bring consciousness and awareness.

    Oranus Khodabandelou // 2013-12-29 07:09:44 // //
  • Meditation is when you. Listen to God, silence is a prayer is when you talk to God",

    Tanjing A Tecson // 2013-12-29 06:19:27 // //
  • Thought...or the lack of it.

    Connie Fawcett // 2013-12-29 05:51:34 // //
  • Well put....I personally use the silence to focus on the breath which leads me into the the sacred space of meditation...everyone is different.

    Tracy Collyer // 2013-12-29 05:31:48 // //
  • Meditation is a journey of oneself from sound to silence -------and silence is journey when and where ur with ur soul--in touch-difference is one is silent with its form of being divine with when ur with ur soul truly felt --i.e being in silenceto being in divine in par with ur soul and other becomes silent to diviness when it is formed i.e in meditation in par with with diviness in with-----ones mind-------thats the difference---- i feel here -just my opinion ----thought differently here----------

    Rishi Razdan // 2013-12-29 05:25:07 // //
  • Meditation is a journey of oneself from sound to silence-------and silence is journey when and where ur with ur soul-------in touch---difference is one is silent with its form other becomes silent to diviness when it is formed---ones mind-----

    Rishi Razdan // 2013-12-29 05:11:36 // //
  • not too much

    Ken Mac // 2013-12-29 04:29:43 // //
  • Difficult question?

    Sabine Wiesinger // 2013-12-29 04:17:51 // //
  • Meditating and practicing silently is the same thing. Spending time/contemplating on what you want from life and thanking for everything you have in life. The only difference is the practice can be done with background music or with no music

    Esther Jaedi // 2013-12-29 04:13:59 // //
  • Love

    Nina Marin // 2013-12-29 03:36:14 // //
  • meditation means free from thoughts , where in silence , still mind is taking or accepting useless suggestions and thinking about material things , inspite of the biggest truth that , our body will be a part of soil , and our soul will fly to the sky . our body parts are same like food items thats fats , carbohydrates and proteins , and one day they will mix into soil , the spiritual truth , idea should be love and joy.

    Pankaj Budhiraja // 2013-12-29 03:32:06 // //
  • One is spiritual

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2013-12-29 02:44:16 // //
  • Meditation is indeed a traditional technique which leads one to Silence....the mysterious State of Being. It is, since long realised that, the State of Silence is not all that is a source of Knowledge, Wisdom and Freedom...leading spontaneously, with simultaneous and connected creative actions furthering Growth and Evolution....the greatest Mystery is, it is a mysterious seat of Causeless Cause of all is a timeless movement in Love. This mysterious State can also be realised and Be It, when one explores by asking question Who Am I ? ...and freedom from the known and through negation of seeking certainty and continuity of all perceptions both sensory and non sensory.

    Visweswer // 2013-12-29 02:44:08 // //
  • Hello, I´d like to ask - what ist contemplation? The same as practicing silence?

    Annetta Hallmann // 2013-12-29 02:32:34 // //
  • One is actively emitting no sound/the other an escavation/cleansing of areas of you not 100% conscious

    Ric TheZenmaster Solomon // 2013-12-29 02:12:48 // //
  • Wow thank you !

    Vida Reina // 2013-12-29 01:57:35 // //
  • when practicing silence you are still listening to everything around you, and in fact actually hearing these things, because we are not thinking about what we are going to say, when meditating we tune-out the world around us so we can better tune-in our mind and process the things we heard, or needed to hear.

    Melissa Anderson // 2013-12-29 01:46:04 // //
  • In the meditation your clean your mind.

    Thomas Kreimer // 2013-12-29 00:55:14 // //
  • Someone spelled practising wrong!! ;-)

    Richard Smyth // 2013-12-29 00:42:07 // //
  • welcome to Pa-oak taw ya Meditation

    Layaung Waytae Kyal // 2013-12-29 00:36:04 // //
  • I have to say, I like your casual outfits much better than suits & ties !!! Much for fitting for someone in the "natural" field.

    Andy Schulgasser // 2013-12-28 23:39:23 // //
  • Silence is a very hard state to accomplish.. Not being able to engage into a conversation or interaction.. Just going blank and enjoying being its very hard!! This lets you get in touch with yourself and eventually you are ok with it.. I love meditation too.. Being outside in nature..focusing my energy in positive uplifting matters.. Thank you Deepak!!

    Melissa Rojas Valverde // 2013-12-28 23:15:51 // //
  • Randy Marsh

    Stacy Vaello Madden // 2013-12-28 22:34:31 // //
  • maybe that's the space between.. sorry

    Rebecca Mae Lipski // 2013-12-28 22:29:28 // //
  • you play dead

    Rebecca Mae Lipski // 2013-12-28 22:28:34 // //
  • thank you for all the help you sent me. i'm not trying to be hostile. i just don't know what to say.

    Leslie Grace Swiednicki // 2013-12-28 22:01:59 // //

    Mark Punton // 2013-12-28 22:00:38 // //
  • Good article.

    Nan Okeefe // 2013-12-28 21:31:06 // //
  • I am a Quaker, our meetings for worship are silent, I also practice meditation, I see a large difference between the two

    Mark L Grantham // 2013-12-28 21:28:32 // //
  • practicing silence you do in the room of silence. you learn to listen your senses. meditation you learn your senses silence.

    Riitta Johnson // 2013-12-28 21:15:00 // //
  • When two persons really Love each other they not only see each other's Inner Beauty. They also see each others inner Scars, Pain, and Turmoil. -Sachin Sharma. (chk my page for more help and advice).

    Distance Counseling. // 2013-12-28 21:00:42 // //
  • Deepak un abrazo desde Chile........

    Carmen Del Pilar Fernandez // 2013-12-28 20:27:12 // //
  • un fuerte abrazo desde uruguay felizzzzz navidad ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ :)

    Monica Uriarte // 2013-12-28 20:18:45 // //
  • practicing silence is mouth closed and mind alert... praticing mediatation is eyes closed/breathing in/out -20 minutes. Ahhhh sez Buzzy Bee. every day practice both young one...

    Buzzy Bee Tong // 2013-12-28 20:18:25 // //
  • Meditation can become a way of life, 24-7! Silence make's a mockery of God, for were saying he made a mistake to have given us the power of speech, not to say that Silence, and Silent meditation don't have there part in life, also.

    Chris Brittain // 2013-12-28 20:08:33 // //
  • meditation leads to silence, wherein lies the answer to everything:PEACE.

    Alice Whooley // 2013-12-28 20:00:40 // //
  • It would be sublime to meet Mr Chopra.

    Sandi Seitz // 2013-12-28 19:51:09 // //
  • i love dr chopra, meditatios , meditations...

    Dominique Monet // 2013-12-28 19:43:13 // //
  • cést vrai!

    Dominique Monet // 2013-12-28 19:41:55 // //
  • Meditar es muy saludable !!!relajamos nuestra mente !

    Mirta Cruz // 2013-12-28 19:36:25 // //
  • Silence <3

    Dee Bee // 2013-12-28 19:34:15 // //
  • in practicing silence u can think about many things, but in meditation u empty your mind totaly u dont think u just feelwht u experiment

    Usra Caioullani // 2013-12-28 19:29:32 // //
  • Some meditations are different in style for me than others. With some, I become silent and connect to pure feeling, beyond words. At other times, I connect with a higher voice which seems to flow through me, and I have to write down all the information afterwards!

    Douglas Eames // 2013-12-28 19:18:46 // //
  • La acción más difícil de ejecutar

    Janeth Diva Rodriguez Richardson // 2013-12-28 19:17:36 // //
  • No thoughts is the main goal of meditation however you can practice meditation, thinking in good thoughts like the law of attraction.

    Jules De // 2013-12-28 19:17:19 // //
  • Practicing silence is a form of meditation? i.e. you meditate without practicing silence but you can't practice silence without meditating.

    Donald Mathews // 2013-12-28 19:16:52 // //
  • Ultimate goal :)

    Jennifer Davis Wood // 2013-12-28 19:12:49 // //
  • Silence is the Goal of meditation practice.

    Jennifer Davis Wood // 2013-12-28 19:12:26 // //
  • the most smallest

    Michael Smith // 2013-12-28 19:12:20 // //
  • in a nutshell :)

    Michael Smith // 2013-12-28 19:12:11 // //
  • meditation u don't attach to anything . The whole experience is supposed to be with in the body focusing on the breathe. Anything u notice i.e the mind wandering off or any strong emotions distracting u , u simply bring your focus back to the breathe and body (Y) silence is mere silence .

    Michael Smith // 2013-12-28 19:10:51 // //
  • Meditation for me is the next level from practicing silence. It's creating a gap in the incessant stream of thought - very challenging.

    Jonathan Frey // 2013-12-28 19:10:08 // //
  • Meditar é silenciar a mente pensante...

    Maicon Teixeira // 2013-12-28 19:07:27 // //
  • Meditation is going beyond and transcending the mind into consciousness wherein all sounds originate. Therefore, silence is merely the absence of noise. Meditation is for more profound. Be blessed! :)

    Vedic Sage // 2013-12-28 19:07:21 // //
  • Not a nickels worth of difference.

    Tom Tindal Sr. // 2013-12-28 19:07:17 // //
  • Something none of my kids do, but wish they would ! :)

    Carl D'Argenzio // 2013-12-28 19:07:00 // //
  • Meditation is the self discourse of the bankrupt spirit. . Silence is the peace of being insolvent. :-)) lol

    Mario Lambriche // 2013-12-28 19:06:18 // //
  • thank you for clarifying the distinction between the two practices.

    Mary Ann Gullo // 2013-12-28 19:06:02 // //
  • One is spiritual

    Samah Nassif // 2013-12-28 19:04:47 // //
  • :)

    The Unbounded Spirit // 2013-12-28 19:04:32 // //
  • If you have a moment, either will do. As long as you take it, you are not missing out. Meditation for me is focus. Silence is just that.

    Karyn Green // 2013-12-28 19:03:43 // //
  • So what? .... Just another thought can also mean just another inspiration that will result in a fulfilling deed. The being can choose to be AND to do......... BeDoBeDoBeDoBeDo like Frank Sinatra sang and Amit Goswami explained in his book about quantum reality.

    heartphone // 2013-12-28 09:10:03 // //