From Tom Gambell Sensei’s blog:
These are some of the guidelines regarding talking on the mat that I use in my own training:
If I’m talking, I’m not training.
If it’s more than three words, it’s a conversation.
Is what I’m about to say more important than maintaining the silence.
There is a way
between voice and presence
where information flows.
In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes.
Pema Chodron says:
It’s a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately filling up the space. By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness as well as fundamental spaciousness.