really means going deep within yourself to that place
where nothing is happening, where you transcend time and space.
You go into a brand new dimension of nothingness. That's
all the power is. That's your real home. That's where
belong, in deep Silence where there is no good or bad, no one
trying to achieve anything. Just being, pure being. . . .
Silence is the ultimate reality.
Silence isn't my best friend. I love it, but I also
love music, so I always face a bit of a dilemma when I'm
by myself: silence or music? I am good at
avoiding crowded, noisy places, but when I can't avoid
them I'm always amazed that so many people would subject
themselves to such loud and stressful situations. I
went to a dinner at a restaurant because my wife's
employer was hosting it, and I was shocked at how much
noise there was. We had to yell to talk to each
other at the same table, and it was extremely stressful
and quite unpleasant.
But that's the opposite of silence, isn't it? When
I'm alone in a quiet place, the silence is like a
comfortable blanket that surrounds me and keeps me warm
and cozy. It allows my brain to slow down, for it
doesn't have to monitor and respond to vast amounts of
incoming information. My attention isn't being
pulled from here to there and back again, and I'm able to
simply be, without having to filter noises and choose
between them which I'm going to acknowledge and which I'm
going to ignore.
Most of us are so used to noise that we don't even notice
it any more. And most of us are such strangers to
silence that we have no idea just how beneficial it can be
to us. Perhaps it will be necessary for us to force
ourselves to experience some silence to find out just what
it can do for us so that we can try to make it an active
and important part of our lives. Even five or ten
minutes of silence can be healing, though the more we can
carve out, the better.
I always face the dilemma of music versus silence, but as
I grow older I choose silence much more often because I've
experienced the benefits and beauty of silence. I
know that while I enjoy music and it helps me to think,
silence is also enjoyable, and it provides a wonderful
balance to music, to noise, to sound in general.
Silence adds something wonderful to my life, and I want to
enjoy that something wonderful.