Wise Speech is one factor of the Noble Eightfold Path that the Buddha laid out as the way to end suffering. It is an important practice that many of us don’t give very much thought. Sitting meditation is absolutely important, but how we carry ourselves in our daily lives can deeply effect our practice as well. Wise speech is a great way to begin investigating how we practice off the cushion. The encouragement with this practice is to watch what we say, making an effort to bring mindfulness to our speech.
Right speech is often encompassed with a few questions we may ask ourselves before speaking: Is it true? Is it timely? What is my intention? There are quite a few more questions that may be asked, but these three are a great place to start. Bringing awareness to our speech can be really fruitful. Our speech is often a reflection of our thoughts, and we can begin to bring awareness to the process of thinking and speaking. We also may notice how unkind or harsh our speech is.
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