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Group Practices: Silence
Creating and Allowing Space for Silence
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Sometimes a group will spontaneously and collectively fall silent—and these moments can be a clue to the shift into collective resonance. It is especially useful for group leaders to be aware of these moments of silence and their significance, as a practice that will evolve into greater skill at creating and allowing them.

A teacher might be consciously observant of when the class becomes quiet as a sign of their collective involvement in learning. A team leader or coach, whether in sports or a corporate setting, would differentiate between a silence that is indicative of lack of comprehension or cohesion and needs to be breached, and one that is indicative of individual centering and collective focus and needs to be welcomed.

When a group is in the grip of difficult emotions, a spontaneous silence can be especially critical. Allowing the silence allows the emotions to be processed and a new sense of connection to be formed.

As a group of people work together on a meaningful task, the group’s members may fall into a silent flow, as if words were no longer necessary. A group might agree to work in silence for a period as a way of inviting the experience of resonance.

SOURCE: Renee Levi, Group Magic interviews. See Renee's Profile

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