All sounds, from a whisper to a classical symphony, arise out of silence and disappear into silence. But silence is always there beneath sound and is the space where sound can exist. We tend to think of silence as the absence of sound, but silence has its own weight and quality. When you listen to silence, you can perceive its intense depth and power. Taking the time to experience silence calms the mind and rejuvenates the body. Silence is the void where we can hear the many sounds that we often ignore – the voice of our intuition telling us the truth, the sound of the breeze blowing, the hum of the radiator, and the noises we make just because we are alive.
One way to experience silence is to wake up before the rest of the world has come alive. Try not to move into activity, and leave off the lights, radio, and television. Sit still and simply listen. You may hear your heartbeat or your breath, but keep your attention tuned to the silence that surrounds you. Stay this way for as long as you can, and allow the sound of silence to penetrate your body until it moves into your core. Feel the gentle, pulsing waves of silence and allow it to cleanse you. Five minutes of communing with silence can leave you feeling vibrant and connected to Our Heavenly Father, and the universe.
At night, choose a moment after everyone around you has retired and tune in to silence. You can also experience silence throughout the day. Even in the midst of activity, moments of silence are always present. Usually we ignore or feel nervous around silence and try to fill these moments with sound. Yet silence is always there – vast, potent, and available for us to step into any time we choose.
Susanne is a somewhat unconventional Feminist Earth Muffin Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is a Sports Writer, in Boise, ID.
Susanne has 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, to heretofore be known as The Famdamily.
Susanne shares her Hovel with a Border Collie named Mikey, who thinks he is a NASCAR Driver/Circus Dog. He is constantly annoyed and in the company of an old clawless cat named "Queen Tabitha: Her Royal Fatness", and a crazy Manx Wild Wo-man cat named Molly.
Susanne has a Testimony that it is possible that she no longer has a clue about anything she thought she had a clue about. She does know that she knows the true meaning of baffle.