It seems the more silent time I take, the more I can be in touch with who I really am, not just the noise around me. I’ve still got the noise in my head – the voices that we all have that say "you should do this, you shouldn’t do that, don’t run with scissors” or whatever. But the more the outside world becomes still the inside becomes more still as well. (Hey, maybe this will help me clean my clutter, one can only hope!)
This is just my list of some things I’ve been doing to try to reach this goal of golden silence:
1. Drive without the radio
2. Be at home without any media turned on
3. Walk without taking along the portable player
4. Stay away from the computer
5. Shut up and listen
OK, it is unrealistic in this day and age to think that I would do any of these all the time. I love music, my work is on computers, etc. But even if we pick one 30-minute drive a week to have no self-inflicted outside sound – no radio, no CDs, no iPod, no cell phone, no speaking out loud to yourself – it can have a remarkably calming effect.
The more I do it, the easier it gets; hope you’ll try it too.
Peace to all,