Art of Silence
of us have very little of silence about us. Even when we are
not talking, our thoughts are screaming bolts of energy racing
through our minds. We are suffering slights, we are smarting
from injustices, we are celebrating small victories and agonizing
over small failures. We are contemplating our illnesses. We
are planning small revenges, and plotting quick retreats.
We are a whirl of psychic road maps, loves, hates, wants,
needs, dreams, fears, annoyances all vying for our attention
at the same time. No wonder when we sit down with one another,
we feel alienated and not close. Remember the laws of physics--that
every action has an equal and opposite reaction? Our thoughts
are bio-electrical. They exist as physical realities. Our
minds are yelling at each other.
could start to get some distance from all these thoughts.
We could begin to free our subjugation to our thoughts and
feelings by deciding to sit quietly for one hour at the same
time every day and getting used to seeing how frantic our
mind is, but since we are not our mind, we don't have to be
frantic. We can choose a time early in the morning before
our duties begin, or late at night when others have usually
retired. At first we will think it is a waste of time just
watching the mental garbage float by. But just watching, with
no judgment, no complaint, pretty soon things will slow down.
Thoughts will be less frequent. Just watch as if we were any
movie patron sitting in the theater watching the play on the
screen. We watch the play going on across the screen of our
mind. Just calm, just silent, nowhere to go, nothing to do.
Leave questions unanswered, sentences unfinished. Some people
work up to doing this for literally hours. Silence is not
just the absence of noise, it is the presence of ourselves.
of this silence will go with us during the day. People will
begin to experience us as less hard to be with, less heavy.
It will be almost nourishing to others, who sense on some
level that when they are next to us they seem to have more
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