Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Stillness and Silence

We are always surrounded by noise. Even the quietest of spaces have noises. To quiet our minds we sometimes need to quiet our space. To begin the quiet process we need to sit still and just be.

While you are reading this on the screen you are likely hearing the hum of your computer's fan or having the din of some music you may be playing in the background. Perhaps you are wiggling on your chair, or handling some of the objects around your desk.

Try an exercise of stillness. It is unlikely to be easy, it is unlikely to be pure silence, but you may be able to do half of this exercise.

Silence and stillness usually bring us the freedom to begin inner retrospection.

You could try listening to a short nature sound the same one every day, for a week to see if it relaxes your mind and opens you up to new possibilities.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

1 comment:

Fred said...

I enjoyed this exercise immensely but found the brook a little more soothing than the beach. (With the stream you could hear the birds singing but with the surf the seagulls would probably be drowned out!) The photograph slide show was nice but just the sounds themselves - with eyes closed - were enough to limn inner mental images that allowed me to transport myself holistically back to memories of actually have been in such scenes without a vicarious intermediary. I think Terry is absolutely right in noting how we are inundated with noise in our modern lifestyles and milieus. We are overstimulated in not only noise but also over much of the spectrum of our waking consciousness, such as food (MSG and corn syrup), entertainment (non-stop TV and videos), transportation (stressful freeways at high - and often too slow - speeds), and economic and family stresses. Quiet meditation is a much needed tonic to our modern malaise engendered by the "too much noise" syndrome. Thanks to Terry for providing us with some respite!