by Paul Lenda
Enjoy the silence. It's hard to find these days. It really does seem
like you need to go up a mountain and climb into a cave to find
Even then, you will have
the intruding sounds of airplanes overhead.
What is a person
seeking relief from this loud, loud world to do?
Would Siddhartha Gautama have been able to spend several weeks
alone in the forest meditating without being bothered by the
sounds of modern industry and crowds flocking to him and
building a village around him?
Silence is more precious
than ever today, and also more needed.
Look around you. Most
people seem to be stressed and anxious about something.
About 43% of
Americans are on mood-altering prescription drugs, which is not
counting those who are going the route of plant-derived
substances to get help with relaxing and just being in silent
There's lots of
doing, but hardly any being.
This is unfortunate,
since silence awakens your world...
People oftentimes find it
difficult to just sit in silence, with themselves and with others.
However, when you are utterly silent, a wave of peace washes over
The secrets of the
universe open up to you because you have become quiet enough to be
aware of them.
You connect with your
inner being that connects with the
Source Supermind of Reality...
In today's demanding and noisy world, it can be difficult to get
truly silent and be at peace.
Here are some tips on how
cultivate silence for yourself.
Find a Place to
Retreat Into Silence
Come up with a place outside, or a location within your home,
where you can retreat to and become silent.
You can consider this
a sacred space where you will come to specifically practice
silence. Make sure to leave your technology behind, or at least
turn it off.
Do what you can to
make sure any intrusive sounds are not going to distract you.
If you hear the various modes of noisy transportation, incessant
leaf blowers, or people shouting, you should probably find
If this is simply too
difficult for you to do, get yourself a pair of
noise-canceling headphones and put those on.
Set a Time
It may seem strange to schedule quiet time, but it really does
help make this a new habit for you.
Set a calendar
reminder on your phone or write it down somewhere in an agenda
so you will remember to go into silence at the same time, every
Eyes and Listen
When you finally sit (this will help you avoid falling asleep),
get comfortable and close your eyes.
This is when you
start the practice of silence awakening your world. Become open
and receptive to the subtle voice of your inner being and the
all-permeating field of consciousness that is All that Is...
You may find it difficult to get silent initially. It may take
you 15, 20, or 30 minutes at first to get to that place of inner
calm, especially if you had a long day and are busy rehashing
everything that happened to you that day.
If you have
difficulty breaking free from the distracting thoughts, focus on
your breath or on peace.
You can even
visualize a calm lake with gentle ripples. Whatever works for
you will work best, so just take these as suggestions.
Once you become truly
silent, your world becomes alive in a way that brings you the
clarity of insight, as well as a profound sense of inner peace.
In a world which is
becoming increasingly loud, it is imperative to give ourselves the
gift of silence...