Daily Meditation and the Sound of Silence

sound of silence

Have you ever stopped to think about the everyday noises that assail our ears on a regular basis? It is almost as if we have become afraid of silence as it becomes more and more of a stranger to us.


Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation… Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation. – Jean Arp…More at Daily Meditation Tuesday, May 01, 2012

When I read this Daily Meditation this morning it started me thinking about the ways in which our lives are bombarded with noises of one sort or another. I am sure I am not alone when I say I hate the recorded music that we have to endure when waiting on the telephone for the operator to get back to you. Some of the music is loud and offensive to my ear and certainly does nothing to soothe the soul.

Another place I find music highly irritating is shops. This is mainly in clothes shops and the worst offenders are the shops that cater for the younger generation and insist on playing the current popular music which for me has no aesthetic value what-so- ever. There have been occasions when I have had to leave the shop because I couldn't stand the noise.

It is times like this that I value the "sound of silence". Very often when I am in the house alone I choose not to have the radio on or the ipod (I am slowly getting into the 21st century) even though most of my music is of a spiritual nature. Sometimes I just crave silence.

Daily meditation is certainly a time to experience the sound of silence. It enables you to listen to your inner voice. When your life is full of sounds and action there is little time to listen. This is a vital part of meditation as this is the time you will be aware of that still small voice.

Next time you are home alone and think of turning on the radio or the CD player, just stop for a moment and contemplate the silence. The more you practice being alone in silence the more you will get used to it and enjoy the benefits. Very soon your daily meditation and the sound of silence, will become an integral part of your life.


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