It's often our inner critic that is the most damaging of all. Meditate this voice to love and compassion instead, and in time, you will find a true companionable silence
When the mind is calm and present we’re fully engaged and aware of what’s happening right now. We’re able to respond to situations with immediacy.
I have it on good authority that Orc's think we humans are all ugly bastards! Get my point?
Paradoxically, when we take the time to quieten our mind, this increases our awareness of others and the rather mindless activities, they're involved in.