1. Silence is communication. As Calvino wrote that “each city receives its form from the desert it opposes,” so is every conversation densely woven by the silences it contrasts. Every dialogue is as much constituted of speech as of silence, the latter having as many tones, durations and significances as its verbal counterpart.
  2. Silence is relational. Its meaning is flexible and emerges from the social context it appears in, affecting in turn the dynamics it originated from.
  3. Silence has power. Like the silence of meditation heightens the senses, so can interpersonal silence enhance the understanding of the space one is in and help to focus on who needs listening rather than what one needs to say.
  4. Silence is opaque. It is the space where two or more subjects can approach and welcome each other within their mutual otherness, without impositions.
  5. Silence is a space for others to be, to talk and express their ideas, feelings and needs. It is a practice of de-centering and sitting with discomfort, a cultivation of the willingness to transform one’s own belief.
  6. Silence is listening-with : seeking caring attention and involvement with the other, an active withholding and reassembling in relation.
  7. Silence is care : a practice of being open and accountable to each other, recognising mutual dependence and striving to go beyond one’s own assumption of what the other might need or be.