Two extremes, none are healthy in excess.
There have always been people who devoted their lives to keeping silent: Monks, for instance, the Carmelites and the Camaldolese. The latter’s sacred silence was left behind very close to the place I live: They lived in the monasteries of Majk. When you walk there, you can feel the sacredness: Their work on elevating the vibration of the place is still lingering there after centuries.
If we, everyday people try silence, it might seem very hard to keep. It also depends on your nature, for to me keeping silent is not hard, being very introspective by nature. However, I can imagine a very talkative, chit-chatty person’s utter struggle with this.
As for its benefits: there are many ancient sayings praising silence, hinting how protective it is, how useful it can be. Most people can do much harm with words, and with talking too much without using a contemplative and mindful inner filter.
On the other hand, if you keep silent even when in need of communication, it will cause harm almost inevitably. Just think of how many sorts of relationships have already been ruined by the lack of it.
Now let us check the other side: talking.
If you learn to use your words beautifully and wisely, talking will become your extremely powerful means of putting things in order in every walk of life. Relationships are mostly based on proper communication, and the verbal part is crucial as well, even if the non-verbal is more revealing and harder to control.
I love Jesus’ words that are so relevant to the topic: “It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” (Matthew 15:11)
Please tell me what you think.
God bless you all,