Cave of Altamira is one of those icons in our civilization that represents the human need to communicate and express something. Where does that human need to communicate come from? Do humans feel relief after they communicate or express themselves? Why?

Art has been the classical way to communicate and express what is inside the human. Does art come from the mind, heart, conscious, or unconscious?

Writing, painting, singing, acting, dancing, composing and playing music, sculpturing, designing, are all different manners that the creative people use to communicate and express themselves. What are they communicating to others? What are they expressing? Where does that expression come from? Do artists feel relief after they express themselves? Why?

Talking is another way ordinary people use to communicate and express themselves. Where does that talking come from? Whom or what are they talking about? Do ordinary people feel relief after talking? Why?

From Wikipedia: “Josef Breuer (German: [ˈbʀɔʏɐ]; 15 January 1842 – 20 June 1925) was a distinguished Austrian physician who made key discoveries in neurophysiology, and whose work in the 1880s with his patient Bertha Pappenheim, known as Anna O., developed the talking cure (cathartic method) and laid the foundation to psychoanalysis as developed by his protégé Sigmund Freud.[1]

Does Bertha Pappenheim felt relief after each session with Dr. Breuer? Why?

Why does talking cure? Why does talking make us feel relief? Why to communicate and to express ourselves make us feel relief?

Alcoholic Anonymous sessions consist of 10 minutes talking about oneself and the rest of the session listening to the other’s stories. Both, the talkers and the listeners feel relief after they leave the session. Why?

Psychoanalysis sessions consist of talking about ourselves. The analyst listens and the analyzed talks. The analyzed feel relief after he or she leaves the session. Why?

Catholic practitioners use confession to communicate and express themselves in front of a priest. They also feel relief after they leave the confessional. Why?

Saint Teresa of Avila practiced the silence prayer after practicing for many years the talking prayer. Talking prayer took her to the silence prayer.

A journalist once asked Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Mother, what do you tell God when you pray, “nothing, she replied, I wait until he talks to me”. And the journalist asked Saint Teresa: Mother, and what does God tell you? “nothing, she replied, he waits until I talked to him”. Saint Teresa of Calcutta communicated with God in silence.

All spiritual schools, both in the east and the west, use the practice of silence as a spiritual exercise. Buddhism mindfulness is all about silencing the mind through practicing meditation. Contemplation is all about practicing silence.

What inside a person likes and enjoy the silence? What inside a person likes and enjoy the talking?

Why both the talking and the silence make the practitioner feels a relief?

There are now 4,000 million people in the world with smart mobile phones who communicate and express themselves through the like, comment and share of digital content, and they probably feel relief after doing it. Why?

Are we practicing silence as well?


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