…into the silence…

Are you comfortable with silence?
Do you enjoy silence in the presence of others?

(repeat) Are you comfortable with silence?
Do you enjoy silence in the presence of others?

Where is the silence in sound?
Do you fill your space with “noise” that speaks of silence?

OR

Do you enjoy actual silence?

While complete silence does not exist (unless it is manufactured – i.e. a soundproof room) Why do we feel the need to fill the void and space with more sound? There is a lot of music and songs that speak of silence. Sound is always trying to tell us what silence is.  ONLY silence can tell us what it really IS. Experience the silence! The ears and eyes deceive us. Let your heart feel the nuances and subtlety of silence. Know peace.

Exercise:

  •   Step 1:  Turn off the television
  •   Step 2:  Turn off the radio/stereo
  •   Step 3:  Turn off your phone/mobile device
  •   Step 4:  Turn off your computer
  •   Step 5:  Stop talking
  •   Step 6:  Listen (some beginners may want to close their eyes – but not necessary – as you get comfortable with the    silence you will find that having your eyes open can enhance the experience)
  •   Step 7:  Observe (listen)
  •   Step 8:  Practice slow regular breathing – in and out, in and out
  •   Step 9:  Observe the symphony of “other” sound and how it makes you feel.   Start to enjoy and feel comfortable with it.
  • Step 10:  Repeat.

Note:  Do not try to control others during this exercise (i.e. telling them to be quiet etc).  It is only necessary to control yourself.

After you do this in a state of stillness – next try to physically move through your day in complete silence (it may be in how your walk, how you respond/communicate with others).  It may be at work or a walk in the park or through town.  How does your peace, your quiet, affect your relationship with, and to, other sentient beings?

“Silence is a friend who never disappoints.” ~ Confucius

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“I have begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it.  It has a quality and a dimension all its own. ~ Chaim Potok

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“Never miss a good chance to shutup” ~ Will Rogers

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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ~ Ansel Adams

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“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

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“Silence is a source of great strength.” Lao Tzu

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“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” ~ William S. Burroughs

May all of you enjoy a quiet and peaceful weekend.  Peace.

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