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Mayan Jaguar Time: The Power of Silence (Part I)

Here is Part 13 of Mayan Jaguar Time. In this series, Belit shares more about her discoveries as she explores her Mayan Jaguar Sign.

You’ll find links to all previous articles at the end of this page.

Silence is an ocean.
Speech is a river.

Silence is a source of great strength.

Lao Tzu

Jaguar is the silent killer.

That is the meaning of the name Jaguar. The one who kills with a single bound and a single bite. The most powerful feline in the Americas and the third-largest feline in the world. Jaguar is known for its’ ability to ambush its’ prey, to lay in wait, and pounce without a sound. For many years Jaguar lived in the shadows of its’ myth. Rarely seen in the wild until recently, most of its’ nature was a complete mystery. Jaguar hunts at dusk and dawn, the height of ‘silence’ in the modern world. They only make themselves known when you are ready to see him. Those who live in the spirit of Jaguar, who are one with its’ ‘jaguarness’, know the power of silence. We are the indomitable, the unpredictable, the supernatural…

The world we live in is loud and stressful. We need silence to maintain our connection with source and sometimes even to maintain our sanity. We are bombarded with the sounds of life: air conditioners, fans, car horns, airplanes, dogs, noise is everywhere.

Noise is distracting. Noise brings pressure. Chronic noise increases our heart rate and our blood pressure. It is a major cause of high blood pressure and heart attacks. It affects your overall health and our stress levels will likely increase with constant exposure to noise. Noise can induce anxiety in us, with voices constantly through the media, your family, and your head telling you to do this or that or reminding us of what we should do. Too much stimulation and noise coming at us without a break can be overwhelming and cause us to lose connection with our intuition. But if noise is the workout, then silence is the rest and the means of recovery.

As Jaguars, we are highly sensitive people and many of us are also empaths. The world is noisy, crowded, and overstimulating and works against any attempt at quiet.

We are naturally wired to crave rest and relaxation, especially after high mental stimulation or intense physical activity. This recharges and boosts our strength and wellness. We need inner calm. Our natural state is daydreaming, meditating, fantasizing, and wandering. When we do this, we find meaning in life, we are able to empathize, create and reflect.

Benefits of Silence:

Silence allows us to connect.

It eases our minds and puts us in touch with ourselves.

Silence allows our senses to be heightened; we can hear the tiniest creatures, colors became brighter and the air becomes still.

Silence helps us to access the default mode network of our brains and lets our minds wander. We can access our inner emotions, ideas, thoughts, and memories, and the ability to think deeply. We can think critically and make better decisions. Silence allows the brain’s attention center, the pre-frontal cortexes to relax.

Brain overload uses up our resources, we may get distracted easily and become easily fatigued, find it difficult to focus and solve problems. Silence reprograms our brains.

Silence also has very specific benefits for other aspects of ourselves:

We can
…tune out distractions.
…focus longer and concentrate better.
…recognize our present situation and learn from it.

…allows us to listen and listening brings trust.
…improves our self-worth.
…brings clarity to face challenges and uncertainty.
…enhances conversations and allows us to share more.

Here are some benefits of silence for our brains:

It can increase intelligence.

…allows the brain to let down its sensory guard.
…stimulates brain growth.
…develops cells in the hippocampus, where it is said memory is created.
…increases productivity and problem-solving.

Here are some benefits for our health:

Silence relieves stress and tension.
Silence encourages healing.
It helps with dementia, depression, and other mental illness.
Silence boosts our immune system.
Improves sleep quality and helps with insomnia.
Reduces panic.

These are just some of the benefits that we can achieve by adding a little more silence in our lives. As Jaguars, this can be the game-changer for maintaining our peace.

Things you can do to experience the benefits of silence:

It does not have to be a very long time, but it should be a regular practice.

This is because practicing silence slows us down and allows us to be present. It focuses our attention and gives our brains a break. Sitting in silence for even just two minutes can even be more beneficial than listening to ‘relaxing music’ because it changes blood circulation and pressure in the brain.

We should make a habit of making quiet time daily.

Turn off the tech after 7 p.m. This includes TV. This relieves us from the constant bombardment to do this, that or the other. Do not engage in social scrolling after this time either. Adhering to this brings regular consistent sleep at a regular time and you will wake rested.

Automatic writing (writing whatever comes to your mind, without prompts) or journaling in the morning BEFORE any tech. This clears out the cobwebs, decreases negativity, increases creativity by writing on what you deem important, helps you become more awake, and you can intentionally plan the day.

Read positive things before bed and keep a gratitude journal of three things you are grateful for each day. This keeps your mind in a positive vein and releases any negative thoughts you may have had during the day.

Be in nature or go hiking. Being in nature allows you to connect and be one with the source. It also allows you to reconnect with your higher self. Take this time to stay in the present moment.

Do yoga. This is for your mind and body and facilitates this connection.

Take a trip alone. You can do this even if you cannot go far away. Go to a new city, take a tour of a museum, visit somewhere you have never been. This will open your mind to the new.

Hug someone or even your pet. This will spark love, peace, and joy.

Try these ideas and let me know how it goes.

See you next time on Mayan Jaguar Time…

Are you a Mayan Jaguar?
If so, share some of your discoveries in the comments below. 

Belit - Contributing Writer at My Mayan Sign

All articles in the Mayan Jaguar Time series:

1: Looking for Answers

2: The Search Begins

3: The First Step

4: The Consultation

5: Living That Jaguar life

6: Creating Peace and Harmony

7: Creating a Sacred Space, Part 1

8: The Jaguar Trecena

9: Creating a Sacred Space, Part 2

10: Parallel Lives

11: This is Who We Are

13: The Power of Silence, Part 1

14: The Power of Silence, Part 2

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