We may sit under a radio station with a transistor in hand; yet the broadcast may not be heard unless the transistor is tuned in correctly. In a similar fashion, unless we tune in, and filter out all other disturbances, we may not be able to hear the voice of conscience within us, to guide us correctly on the right path. Sri Sathya Sai baba has said, It is in the depth of silence that the voice of God can be heard.
Silent sitting is a process of Tuning In. It brings the inner consciousness in the forefront. We install the divinity as the guiding force in life so that, through the intellect, we can manage and monitor the vagaries of the mind. If the quality of thoughts is good, the quality of mind will also be good.
It is advisable to start Silent Sitting with young children for only a minute or two and gradually build up. The most important factor is that it is practised regularly, even at home. We will notice that those who are practicing Silent Sitting sincerely become quiet and less restless; gradually, they have become more confident of themselves and are able to concentrate on their work more.
Quiet Time exercise can be practised at the beginning of the class as well as at the end, taking the children’s age and ability into consideration. Explain to the children that this exercise is very valuable and enjoyable and will help them to learn better and become happier. It is about being very still and listening, particularly listening to the sounds and feelings inside. Regular practice of Quite Time Exercise enables the children to recall the values taught in the previous classes. A few Value Based Quite Time Exercises have been listed here as sample.
Reference : Sathya Sai Education in Human Values, A Curriculum for the Development of Character and Emotional Literacy by Carole Alderman