LISTEN and SILENT are spelled with the same letters

03 Feb 2016

Did you ever notice that LISTEN and SILENT are spelled with the same letters?

Have you ever had someone tell you that you need to be a better listener? That you should listen to others, listen to yourself, and just calm your mind in order to listen. I know I have. It’s something I also share with you all often- that in order to truly understand what is going on with someone you must first listen to what they say and also “see and hear” what they don’t say.

So how does one listen? Truly listen to what your own thoughts are saying or listen to what others are trying to tell you? Typically, the first step involved is to stop talking, right? I mean, correct me if I’m wrong here, but I’ve always been told that when you are listening to someone, you don’t speak at the same time as they do. That would just be silly. You must quiet your own voice and silence your own ego from talking at the same time.

Ah, Ego. Now we just hit the jackpot right there. The ego. The ego is what stands in front of us and makes decisions based on what it will make us look or feel, or so we think. Our ego tells us these things. The ego is what puts all of these fears and doubts in front of us, and it’s the same thing that gives us courage to do things that we might not otherwise do.

In this case though, the ego needs to be put away, tucked neatly into a corner so that we can become silent. It is only when we become silent in our own minds, actions and voices, that we can truly listen.

LISTEN and SILENT are spelled with the same letters

S          L

I           I

L          S

E          T

N         E

T          N


This was something that was brought to my attention tonight after chatting with one of my closest friends. I have been looking to get away next week, go somewhere where I can be alone and focus on me. She told me that instead of going to some fabulous beach I should go somewhere that is no-frills so I can really become one with myself. To really LISTEN to what my mind is saying. Yet, in order to truly understand what it’s saying, I must first SILENCE it.

There are many ways to silence the mind, meditation being the more common, but it’s anything that takes you out of the constant moment-to-moment thoughts that pass through your brain every second.

I’m sharing this with you all today because of a post I wrote about what’s going on in my life and how scared I am. I am not sure if I have truly taken the time to be present with myself and allow myself to understand what my fears are and why they have come about. The only way I was able to get this post out and be so vulnerable was by silencing my ego which has been saying I shouldn’t share these things. Once I was able to silence my mind and LISTEN, I was able to put a voice to what was really going on.

In doing so, and sharing this very scary, yet rewarding post, I received so much love back from everyone. There was not a single negative or bad comment. Everyone was supportive and filled with love; it was everything I had asked for and needed.

So with all of this, can you take a moment to think about where you can silence your mind in order to truly listen? What has your body/mind/or soul been telling you lately that you haven’t been paying attention to? It’s all there. The answer is right in front of you. All you need to do is create some silence in your own world, your own mind and in your own life, in order to truly listen and hear the answer.

Tons of love, Nikki


6 Responses

  1. Loved this post!💕 So true.. I feel like we mostly listen to answer back but not to understand, which is really important🌸

  2. Daniel says:

    Tinsel is also spelt with the same letters. Think about that for a moment.

  3. A linguist. says:

    The word listen is of Germanic origin whilst silent comes from Latin. As such the fact that they contain the same letters is purely a coincidence

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