Whenever there is some silence around you—listen to it. That means just notice it. Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence. ~ Eckhart Tolle

practice the art of silenceBe Silent

Last week started out well. But by the end of the week, I was floundering around, confused and distressed by a challenge I’d never faced before.

One morning, upon awakening, I noticed I could not hear out of my left ear. No sound at all. My right ear wasn’t much better, though I could at least talk on the phone.

I called my doctor, whom I rarely visit. After describing the problem to his nurse, she said it was probably nothing serious. But she wanted me to come in a couple days later. Which I did. As she had said, it was not serious, and the problem was quickly resolved.

In the meantime, I could barely hear. I live out in the middle of nowhere. We don’t have a lot of noise, from any source. But there’s enough to notice. It was eerie—all that silence, not being able to hear even the little noise we do have.

Finally I resigned myself to it, and actually started enjoying the silence. I turned that time into sort of a waking meditation. It was pretty powerful. I found a new dimension of life. New to me, at least. I found a solace or peace you can find only when you are silent and still.

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Here are two short videos.

In the first, The Power of Silence, psychiatrist Judith Orloff talks about the benefits of silence.

The second video, Caress My Spirit, takes you on a peaceful stroll into nature, with soothing background music. Enjoy the silence!

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Related posts:

How To Find Peace In the Silence
Sounds of Silence
Simplicity and Silence

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